Here’s a little secret I don’t think I’ve ever written about: But in 2001, I was unemployed, underemployed, unemployed. You know I was in that . . You all have been there “dot com” people? Kinda like, in between jobs, doin’ a little contract work and . . . kinda. So, you know. That’s where I was: in this really horrible netherworld of ‘will I make rent next month’ and . . .
So, I applied to the CIA and I went all the way to the end, I mean it was to the point where I was going to sign papers to become Clandestine Services. And it was at that point that the Howard Dean campaign took off and I had to make a decision whether I was gonna kinda join the Howard Dean campaign, that whole process, or was I was going to become a spy.
As I have pointed out, it’s strange that the two biggest biggest liberal websites are owned and operated by former Republicans, also strange how Kos, and Ariana Huffington, the owner of Huffington Post, are constantly being called on by the mainstream media to provide “progressive views” for the news. My Left Wing Picks up The Story
Last year, in a piece Markos wrote for the Cato (libertarian) Institute, Markos acknowledged that the spent the 1980’s as a Reagan Republican. MARKOS’ CATO ARTICLE, Yes, “Progessive” Markos of DailyKos was a Reagan Republican!!!!!!!!
How did Markos achieve this stunning metamorphosis in just a few short years? Actually, nobody knows and Markos isn’t telling. He has told interviewers, improbably, that he last voted for the Republicans in 1992, because he suddenly realized that they didn’t support “states rights” as strongly as he would have liked.
So the guy is a lifelong Republican with CIA ties, and he suddenly decides he is going to do a 180 over states rights? That seems like a pretty minor reason to make a complete life change. States rights is pretty far down the list of importance for Republicans, I mean there is endless war, the never ending fight to screw the poor, the laborers, the middle class, the soldiers, gays, immigrants, and basically anyone who wasn’t born rich. If you asked most Republicans their opinion on states rights they wouldn’t have an intelligent comment about it if they even knew what it was.
Kos has been accused of some very Republican like tactics when it comes to dealing with people who are against him. Kos is in alliance with the progressive blog mydd.com, and that site has done some strong arming of people who dare to disparage the mighty kos. My Left Wing points out one example
But there is so much to say about this. I was banned from participation in MyDD and notified in writing that the banning was because I violated the unspoken rule against criticizing Markos Moulitsas
So Now Kos is the darling of the mainstream media, you know those guys who will never stop licking Bush’s crack no matter how low his ratings go. The guys that get up there with a straight face every night and report on everything Bush as if he is the most beloved statesman this nation has ever seen. Take a look at Kos schedule for the next couple of days as reported by Kos himself.
I’ll be on Meet the Press tomorrow morning for a “debate” with Harold Ford of the DLC. I’ll be on Charlie Rose on Monday night. And I’ll be back on the Colbert Report on Wednesday evening, where I’ll be getting my ass handed to me by the master himself.
And today, as OneCrankyDom already noted, Susan G and I have an op-ed in the Washington Post.
When I did my interview with Henry Waxman the other day, a blogger put up on Daily Kos the segment where I asked Waxman about hearings for Sibel Edmonds. The “Kossacks” as they are called were all waiting for Henry to schedule the hearings about a case that involves drug running, trading state secrets, trading nuclear information with Turkey, and Israel, and involving both Democrats and Republicans. They all thought Henry was just biding his time. When they heard Waxman tell me in the interview that he had no opinion about Edmonds, and no intention of scheduling hearings for a state department employee and FBI whistleblower, some of the Kossacks began to have meltdowns proclaiming that this was the last straw, and they now finally see that Democracy is BS, and the whole thing was just a joke. That’s because they have been buying into that whole Kos mindset of working within the system, of lets just sit back and wait for the democrats to save us while the Republicans run roughshod over the US treasury, and the American people for 8 years. Welcome to the world of reality people.
Addendum: I want to clarify one point, many of the readers of Daily Kos are not just sitting back and waiting, they actually make calls to members of congress and send emails. My problem with many of them was not that they do nothing, but in their wholehearted belief in a system that they are now just starting to realize is not going to work. So once again, Welcome to reality people]]>
Media Matters For America
O’REILLY: But here’s what I do see as a problem.
MORRIS: Well, they live the [unintelligible]
O’REILLY: Yeah, maybe they do, but it’s just a stupid issue. Bloggers threatening — you know, what people don’t understand is that these Internet bloggers give messages to these candidates: “If you don’t do what we tell you to do, we will trash you and try to interfere with your fundraising.”
O’REILLY: And that is unique. I don’t think that has ever happened before.
MORRIS: I think that’s true. I think there’s the mobilization of the left-wing grassroots. And it is increasingly directed against Hillary. Increasingly you’re seeing — and you saw this at the [August 7] AFL[-CIO candidate forum], you saw it at the bloggers’ convention, that there is kind of a new left emerging. And for them, Hillary Clinton is not that far from George Bush or Bill O’Reilly in the lexicon of demons.
So now O’rielly is worried that the bloggers are trying to stop Hillary? Why should he care? I thought that The Clinton’s were O’rielly’s worst nightmare. Maybe the bloggers are right.
And where was Barbara Boxer, she didn’t even bother to show up and vote. I’ll give her a pass this time because she has been a pretty good Senator, unlike are other California Senator Dianne Feinstein who might just as well change her party to Republican. John Kerry wasn’t there either. Kerry has been saying all the right things regarding Bush, and the war lately, but now he is enabling Skull & Bones brother Bush, just like he did in the last electionHere are The Democrats who thought that giving Bush all the power in the world just wasn’t important enough to bother. with.
- The Mianus River Bridge on Interstate 95 in Greenwich, Connecticut.
- I-90 bridge over the Schoharie Creek in New York.
- I-88 over Carr’s Creek in New York.
- I-787 ramp partial collapse in downtown Albany.
- The Silver Bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio.
- And while this was a bridge under construction instead of an older one, the irony of this week’s collapse in California (reported by FAUX, even) makes for good irony.
Like Hurricane Katrina this is one more way for Bush to tell the American people ‘hey you got a problem don’t come to me, I’m just here to steal all your tax money and put it into my never ending wars. You gotta drive a car over a bridge, tough luck, get out and swim across if you are afraid’
And Just to prove Bush wants to cut even more money out of domestic spending to put into war.
Just one more reason to impeach now. Don’t forget we are just one more big Hurricane away from Martial Law, if Bush wants it.]]>
Leahy ranted at Gonzalez that “He had lost the faith of Congress, and the American people” and that he “didn’t trust him.”
Specter has a history of appearing to be against Bush, or one of his policies, only to at the last moment suggest some kind of compromise that ends up giving the administration everything it wants. (with Leahy and the democrats going right along with it, then patting themselves on the back for being such statesmen.)
Old Arlen was up to his usual tricks at the hearing telling Gonzalez he did not believe him regarding the Attorney General’s testimony. We knew however that Specter was playing his usual game and pretending to be against Gonzalez while secretly working behind the scenes to cover up and obstruct on behalf of Bush.
Leahy last week sent Gonzalez a letter offering to give him a week to “resolve any inconsistencies” in his testimony. Leahy does not currently support charging Gonzalez with Perjury. Yes you read correctly, The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee sat there while the Attorney General insulted his, and our intelligence over and over, and pretty much said to him ‘Yeah I’m lying, do something about it,’ does not support charging this weasel with Perjury. But, Leahy said, “that could change,” Yeah right.
Specter now claims that since he had no inside knowledge of Bush’s spy program he has no way of knowing whether Gonzalez was telling the truth or not, and he wants to “Give him a chance.”
None of this really matters anyway because no way is Gonzalez going to change one word of his testimony, to do so would implicate Bush and the administration and that’s the only reason Gonzo still has a job, to keep the heat off Bush. So once Torture Boy does not comply with these new requests will Leahy and Specter change their minds and charge AG with Perjury? I’m willing to bet not. The whole thing is one big Dog and Pony show designed to make it look like they are doing something (Democrats and Republicans) to keep the voting public happy, when really all they are doing is lining their own pockets. HL’s Comics will keep abreast of the latest detail of this story and let you know what is really going on.
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.
The Hollywood Liberal.com
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
I saw Michael Moore’s Sicko on Tuesday, and all I can say is WOW. This is one of the hardest hitting movies I have ever seen, and clearly one of Mike’s best. Forget best Oscar for a documentary, this movie deserves to win the Oscar for best picture of the year. There was so much good, and entertaining yet devastating and heartbreaking information in this movie, it’s hard to find a place to start.
As you probably already know the movie centers on the Health care industry in The US, or should I say big business, a.k.a the insurance companies taking over the US health care industry to the tune of billions in profits while the people who pay those huge premiums every month get screwed to the core whenever they actually need to use the coverage they pay so dearly for.
The movie starts out with a couple of stories about the 50 Million of us who have no health insurance. One is the story you may have already heard about, where a guy cuts off the tips of two of his fingers, and can only have one of them reattached because he cannot afford to get them both sewn on. The other story, (and I will try not to give too much away) shows a guy stitching up his own deep laceration on his leg. Then Moore tells us, “But this is not a movie about the people who have no health insurance, it is a movie about the 250 Million Americans who have health insurance, (or think they do)
Mike then proceeds to tell story after story about people who thought they were covered, only to find out that their coverage was denied, often for the most ridiculous reasons. Mike interviews a guy who used to work for one of the big health insurance companies. His job was to go over people’s applications after they make a claim on the insurance and find any reason he can possibly come up with to deny coverage, and he does a very good job.
One particular story out of many was of a 22 year woman who comes down with Cervical Cancer. She is denied coverage from her Insurance company because she is too young and should not be getting Cervical Cancer at her age. The stories get more and more ridiculous.
Moore traces back how the country got into this huge mess, and pinpoints the actual day that our whole system went bad, once again I don’t want to give too much away but it started with a very unpopular President that was in office a while back, This President used to tape a lot of conversations and Moore got a hold of one of these tapes in which one of the Presidents advisors is explaining to him about this new type of health insurance that Edgar Kaiser (of Kaiser Permanente) wants to start. The advisor explains that under this new system health Insurance companies and not Doctors decide what treatment that patients receive. He explains to the President that the purpose of this is to give as little coverage as possible thereby saving all the money for the insurance companies, The President smiles and says “I like it.” The next day he makes a speech not unlike speeches our current President might make where he says the opposite of the truth in a very blatant manner. He tells the American people about this new kind of health plan that will ensure that all Americans have the best possible coverage, because we are after all, the greatest nation on earth.
The other part of the movie is Michael traveling to Canada, England, and France to find out what they have and we don’t, and there is plenty. He interviews people in these countries where he finds out that their health care is completely free, and the patients get the finest possible care. In Paris Mike sits down with a group of US ex-pats who explain to him the differences between France, and the US, and not just in health care but in all areas of life, at one Point Mike is so taken aback by the stories that he finally puts his hands up and says “enough I can’t take anymore.” He then comments “No wonder our media and government want us to hate France so much”
A former member of the British Parliament tells Moore that if their Government ever tried to take away the free national health care, there would be revolution in the streets. He also learns that in France the government is afraid of the people instead of the other way around as it is here.
This is a movie for everyone, not just democrats, not just liberals; because all of us our in this boat together. I know there will be a lot of Moore haters who will refuse, and will openly mock him. All I can say is, give this movie a chance then decide. We all have relatives or friends that need the healthcare industry to help them, and not bankrupt them as they are currently doing, and one day we will need that same healthcare. If everyone in the country were to see this film then changes would have to be made, the government would have no choice because the people would not accept anything less. In the end this movie is not just about fixing healthcare it is about fixing what is wrong with us as a country that allows the Government (both democrat and republican) to run roughshod over us, while they get ever more richer.
See This Movie, tell your friends to see it. If you have anti-moore friends who refuse, offer to pay for their ticket. No one who sees this will come away feeling apathetic, it’s just not possible. I plan on seeing it again soon, it’s that good.
Boxer (D-CA), Clinton (D-NY), Dodd (D-CT), Feingold (D-WI), Kennedy (D-MA), Kerry (D-MA). Leahy (D-VT), Obama (D-IL), Sanders (I-VT), Whitehouse (D-RI), Wyden (D-OR).
Clinton, Dodd, and Obama are running for the whitehouse next year. Of course my choice for The Democratic nomination is Kucinich, if he doesn’t get it I’m hoping one of the above does.
Surprisingly 3 Republicans also voted against the bill. Either they have seen the light and finally realize that Bush is an insane lunatic killing machine, or they unlike the most of the dems, are smart enough to realize they have more of a chance of getting voted out for being against Bush rather then for him. Here they are.
Burr (R-NC), Enzi (Wy.) and Coburn (OK)
I have always heard the Coburn from Oklahoma is a Republicans Republican, maybe he doesn’t think the bill goes far enough. Maybe he’s pissed that the bill doesn’t also include a rider to allow Bush to serve a third term. I’ll have to look into that, but in the meantime I’m glad some Republicans are starting to get the message. Will he have to have the Republicans to bail us out of this situation while the Democrats cower in fear? Here is the list of Dems. that need to be replaced by some Democrats with balls come next November.
Akaka (D-HI), Baucus (D-MT), Bayh (D-IN), Biden (D-DE), Bingaman (D-NM), Brown (D-OH), Byrd (D-WV), Cantwell (D-WA), Cardin (D-MD), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Conrad (D-ND), Dorgan (D-ND), Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Harkin (D-IA), Inouye (D-HI), Klobuchar (D-MN), Kohl (D-WI), Landrieu (D-LA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Levin (D-MI), Lincoln (D-AR), McCaskill (D-MO), Menendez (D-NJ), Mikulski (D-MD), Murray (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV), Rockefeller (D-WV), Salazar (D-CO), Stabenow (D-MI), Tester (D-MT), Webb (D-VA).
One of the Senators on this list is Dianne Feinstein from right here in California. Time to go back to extorting construction firms Dianne. I want her out she is sullying the name of the most progressive state in the union. Harry Reid is on the list. Harry, Harry, Harry, you were the one who claimed that the Democrats would never back down. You got no balls Harry, you’ve got to go too.
In the biggest slap in the face to the voters of all, Every new Democratic Senator that was voted in last November voted for Bush continued murder spree except Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Sherrod Brown of Ohio ran on an anti-war campaign. Well now Democrats have to deal with his turncoat ass for the next 5 1/2 years. The other new Democratic Senators that voted yea on the bill are Cardin, Klouchbar, Mc Caskill, Tester, Casey, and Webb. The last of which only got in because George Allen was stupid enough to make his Macacca comment.
Remember these names next time they are up for re-election. In the meantime the war will rage on. More of our soldiers will die, and you can blame all the people who voted for the bill for it, and no one else, well except the rest of the Republicans that voted yes, and of course the man who started it all George W. Bush. Democrats had a chance to change history yesterday. Congrats to the ones with balls, to the rest, shame on you yellow bellied weasel whores.
Monday evening I had the chance to go to the L.A. Premier of the new movie God Grew Tired of Us, at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. I was invited to cover the red carpet entrance, as well as the movie and after party. I arrived a little late for the red carpet and when I walked in the first people I spotted being interviewed were Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie.
The Movie is an adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s book expose Fast Food Nation.
In the book journalist Schlosser argues that the fast food industry is responsible for the explosion of malls in America’s landscape, expanding rich/poor gap, causing obesity and other rampant health conditions documented in electronic health records , and in the vanguard of U.S. American cultural imperialism abroad.
The film adaptation is a fictional story based on the book, in which Fast food executive Greg Kinnear finds there is something bad in the burgers, and he had to find out what and how it got there. He takes a trip to the massive slaughter houses of corporate giant “Mickeys” He also learns how they use cheap and illegal immigrant employees, working them to the bone for almost nothing to bring you your Burger and Fries. Here are some pics from the event.
Wilmer “Yo Momma” Valdarama and Catalina Sandino Moreno
Fast Food Nation opens next week Click Here for more info. and to attend a free screening.]]>