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The Iraq War Spending Bill: How They Voted.

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on May 25th, 2007 6:23 am by HL

by H.L.
So the democrats have caved in once again and given a President with a 30% approval rating everything he wants for a war that he started based on lies. A war that 70% of Americans want over as soon as possible, as in now. They claim the reason that they let the retarded murder monkey continue his campaign of death is because they are afraid. Sounds right to me, they are afraid that they will take the blame for “losing” the war, the war that they were told in no uncertain terms by the electorate to end. Not only do I not believe this, I think it is an outright lie.
How can you be afraid of losing the war that Bush lost the day he started it? Not to mention the fact that fear once again rules the Democratic party. Or is it greed? How much money are they getting to pretend they want to end the war while being the very people who keep it going. The Democrat’s original bill which was vetoed by Bush called for a return of the troops. Thats all they had to do, once Bush refused the bill the democrats could have said “Hey George, it’s our way or the highway. They could have just sat back and waited. When the money for the troops ran out they could have submitted the exact same bill, and if Bush again refused to sign the war would be over. He would be forced to bring the troops home immediately. But the Democrats were afraid. Even if it is true that they would be blamed (which they wouldn’t) I guess they are more concerned with saving there jobs then with thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dying for Bush’s lies, greed, and oil.
OK then lets take a look at how they voted. Not all the Democrats are spineless weasels, here are the ones that refuse to continue to whore for Bush.

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.


John and Teresa Kerry Talk About Their New Book

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on April 5th, 2007 8:09 am by HL

John Kerry Talks about This moment on Earth

John Kerry Discusses “This Moment on Earth”

John and Teresa Kerry appeared in L.A. last night to talk about their new book “This Moment on Earth” It is a book about our environment and what we can do individually to help stop greenhouses gasses and global warming. It is also about the products that we use that may be harmful to us. They pointed out the Canada’s version of the food and drug administration has banned hundreds of products in the same time that we in the U.S. have only banned about a half a dozen. These are things we use around the house that could potentially be carcinogenic.
At one point Kerry was taking questions and some republican yahoo plant who showed up in overalls so he could rant about immigration and union workers, he complained about how he is going backward, working more making less with less benefits and blaming it all on immigrants. Kerry shut him up by saying that regardless of your view on immigration the laws must be followed and Its the employers that are breaking the law but are seldom charged. He also took the guy to task by saying that a lot of union workers voted for Reagan, Bush and Bush, when it is the Democrats that are the ones that are looking out for the working man. He said that they vote against their own self interest because they get caught up in the whole “God, Guns, and Gays” Issues that republicans use as wedge issues (for the not so intelligent… Kerry didn’t say that part I did)
After the talk John and Teresa signed some books and got to meet some of the people who have shown up. I will be doing a full review of the book soon. Stay tuned.
John Kerry Talks about This moment on Earth

John Kerry & Teresa Heinz Kerry sign copies of their new book in L.A.


“God Grew Tired of Us” Premier and Movie Review

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on January 10th, 2007 7:32 pm by HL

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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.
Brangelina at God Grew Tired of us Premier

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Interviews With Stars from New Movie “Fast Food Nation”

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on November 10th, 2006 7:20 am by HL

The new movie “Fast Food Nation” opens soon. I got a chance to go over to The 4 Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills a couple of days ago for a gourmet lunch and to chat with some of the stars of the film, which recently premiered at The Cannes Film Festival.

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 Valdarama, and Moreno

Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson

Director Linklater, and Writer Schlosser
Fast Food Nation Director Richard Linklater, and Writer Eric Schlosser

Greg Kinnear Hanging with H.L.
H.L. and Greg Kinnear

Fast Food Nation opens next week Click Here for more info. and to attend a free screening.


Hollywood Walk of Fame Star to Dr. Jerry Buss

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2006 2:41 pm by HL

Jerry Buss gets a star on Hollywood Bd.

Jerry Buss, and Magic Johnson

Dr. Jerry Buss, the owner of The Los Angeles Lakers received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame this afternoon. Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, and has made them into the one of the premier franchises in all of sports. In 1985 Buss started the Prime Ticket Network, which was the first regional cable network to show all the games for a local sports franchise. It was in this area of television that he received his star on the Boulevard.
The honorary mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant presided over the ceremony, speakers included L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Magic Johnson, & Paula Abdul, who was an early Laker girl, and their head choreographer. Also in the crowd was Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak (who went to the same High School as H.L. Long Island’s Brentwood High.) Former Lakers Jerry West, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes and the current Laker team including Kobe Bryant, and coach Phil Jackson.
A huge crowd of rabid Laker fans was also on hand. They are getting revved up for the new Laker season which starts tomorrow night at The Staples Center downtown. The H.L. is a big Laker fan. I was there on June 19, 2000 along with Buss, Jackson, Kobe, and the late Chick Hearn, when the Lakers won their first of three consecutive championships, so there was no way I could miss this day (especially since the H.L. headquarters is right around the corner from the walk of fame) Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Buss. Go Lakers.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson


Barack Obama at Phil Angleides Get Out The Vote Rally

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Videos, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 28th, 2006 11:40 am by HL

It was a perfect Southern California day for a Political Rally, The California Democratic Party put on a get out the vote rally at USC, which featured many prominent High ranking Democrats from throughout the state. The message of the day is that the Democrats are taking back California, and the nation this election day.
Lots of people want bush out

A large raucous crowd had gathered and were wildly cheering the speakers who included, John Garamendi, who worked in the Clinton administration, Fabian Nunez, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Steve Westley was there, he was Angledies opponent in the primaries, and had some nice things to say. Angleides and Westly might not have had to have this rally had they not slammed each other so hard in their primary commercials it allowed Arnold to take the lead by sitting back and doing nothing, but that was all forgotten today. The Mayor urged the people who attended the rally to get out there, talk to people, and knock on doors, to get everyone you know to get out there and vote on November 7,

Democratic political rally at uscUp next was the candidate himself Phil Angleides. He talked about running against Schwarzeneggar, and how Arnold is now pretending to not be a Republican anymore, and distancing himself from Bush like eveyone else is these days. Anglelides assured the crowd that Arnold is still a Republican and is just saying what he needs to say for now to try to win the election, including trying to woo his Hollywood Liberal friends with big dinner parties in Beverly Hills.

Democratic political rally at uscThe crowd had been getting more and more worked up as the afternoon went. There was some great old time political speechmaking going on, Angelides, and the Mayor were great at getting the crowd worked up. Then it was time for the main man of the afternoon, who had the crowd in a frenzy, as he took the stage. The Senator from Illinois Barack Obama. He spoke of the time he spent in Los Angeles at Occidental College, as well as while working as a civil rights attorney after graduating from Harvard. He acknowledged that it sometimes its easy to get discouraged with politics especially in light of what has been going on in the past 6 years, but that he has hope and is willing to fight for it. He encouraged the audience to do the same. Once again exhorting the faithful to get out there and make it happen. Make sure everyone you know is going to get out there and vote this election day. Talk to your friends and neighbors. That’s what I am doing right now. The people that read this site are my friends and neighbors even if we have never met. I don’t have to tell you who to vote for, you already know, Just get out there and make it happen.

Here is a Video Clip of The Man Himself, Barack Obama at USC

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Movie Review: Death Of A President

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2006 8:36 pm by HL

I recently got a chance to see the controversial new film “Death of A President.” The movie generated some outrage from the right because it depicted the assassination of Bush.
The left argued that like “The Path to 9/11″ this was a fictional story, not only that, but it is a story you have to pay to go see in a theatre, not one that is being beamed into your home on a major television network during prime time.
The story is exactly as stated, a fictional account that takes place in 2007. Bush is out at an event and gets shot. The movie is pretty much what you would see on one of the networks if it really happened. They even use special effects to make it all look real.
Most of the main focus after the shooting is trying to figure out who did it. First they blame those evil anti-war protesters, and then the attention turns to Muslims.
As I was watching I was trying to figure out what the point of this movie was, and could not come up with anything. The audience in the theatre sat in stone silence perhaps trying to do the same. The only sound made was when it was announced that Cheney would be sworn in when he was located, but no one knew where he was, that drew a laugh as everyone could relate to the infamous bunker dweller. Within a few days Congress passes Patriot Act 3, which makes P.A. 2 tame by comparison,
The only explanation for a purpose to this film I finally came up with was to warn people not to do it. It’s as if they were saying: we know you may want to, but don’t because it will make things even worse. I cringed when Cheney, in a seemingly real computer generated scene, gave the eulogy at the funeral with all the swell things he was saying about the war mongering monkey. Then, in yet another interview clip of his insufferable Karen Hughes like speech writer, this time comparing him to God, I did something I have never done before. I got up and walked out no longer able to stomach all the Bush worship. Perhaps that was the point, if so it worked well but the heavy handedness didn’t do it for me.
So it may be unanimous, if you love Bush you will hate this movie, if you hate bush, you will hate this movie. I guess it is supposed to be some sort of commentary on the times we live in, as if we need another reminder.


“Red State” and The Chances of Winning Back The Senate

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2006 11:16 am by HL

by H.L.
I was watching Lou Dobbs on CNN last night; he was in Kansas covering the Senate race there, which apparently is very close. They played a clip of Jim Talent, the Republican incumbent giving a speech. The first thing he said was “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” the people went into a frenzied applause. That’s the number one thing rural voters care about. War, no problem, no jobs except Wal-Mart, no problem, Bush looting the US Treasury, no problem, no health insurance, no problem….Gay Marriage, now we got a problem. Gay marriage will never happen in Kansas anyway, or any red state for that matter, so what is the problem that they have with gay marriage?

This brings me to a movie I saw recently called Red State, it was about a guy from Venice California, (Michael Shea,) which is the second most liberal town in Southern California you already know which one is first. he decides to go on a driving tour of 22 red states right after the 2004 Election, to see why the Bush voters did, and do, what they do.

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