Thursday, July 31, 2008

Police in Branson taze kid with a broken back 19 times.

A teen fell 30 feet from a highway overpass in Ozark, Missouri last week. He landed in the shoulder of the highway below breaking his back. His parents called the police to help get their son off the highway before he was hit.

KY3.com reporting

The cops showed up and instead of helping the kid, they tazed him 19 times.

A fucking idiot explains:

"He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him. He is making incoherent statements; he's also making statements such as, 'Shoot cops, kill cops,’ things like that. So there was cause for concern to the officers," said Ozark Police Capt. Thomas Rousset.


Unbelievable.

Thursday open thread

Feel free to rant and rave here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artist-The Allman Brothers



Here they are doing "Soulshine" live.

Holy open thread Batman!!!!

Rant and rave about whatever you want to here.


As an aside-
I trolled right winger Gateway Pundit's website last night. I posted some right wing screeds against McCain that were removed in about 20 minutes.

Conservatives love to censor...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artist-Charles Mingus



Here he is with "Haitian Fight Song."

Feeling blue? Need a pick me up?

Here's a fantastic video if you haven't seen it already:
Dancing Human

h/t to Happy Jihad's House of Pancakes-see blogroll.

McCain wouldn't follow Osama into Pakistan

TalkingPointsMemo has a nice mash up of McCain's flip flop on how far he is willing to go to get Osama bin Laden:



Worst. Candidate. Ever.

GOP Senator indicted on 7 counts of lying.


Good ol' Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was indicted on 7 counts of making false statements. He made these false statements on his financial disclosure forms he's required to file every year as a senator.

Well it seems that Stevens didn't feel like 'fessing up to the numerous bribes he took from a contractor in Alaska. The contractor, VECO Corp. received Federal funding for projects all over the world including Pakistan and Russia thanks to Stevens' efforts on their behalf.

McClatchy has a nice write up about it here:

Stevens Indicted on Seven Counts

Stevens is up for reelection this year.

Additional:

Sen. Stevens is the senator best known for the Bridge to Nowhere. In 2005 his fellow Republican Tom Coburn tried to strip a bill of funding for the silly project drawing Stevens' ire:

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn's amendment to rescind federal money from the Knik and Gravina bridges won him the fury of Sen. Ted Stevens and only a smattering of votes.

His attempt failed 82-15 after fist-pounding arguments from Stevens, R-Alaska.

Stevens threatened to quit, to become a "wounded bull on the floor of this Senate," and he vowed that if his colleagues passed the bill, "I will be taken out of here on a stretcher."

"I will put the Senate on notice -- and I don't kid people -- if the Senate decides to discriminate against our state, to take money only from our state, I'll resign from this body," he said. "This is not the Senate I came to. This is not the Senate I've devoted 37 years to, if one senator can decide he'll take all the money from one state to solve a problem of another."


Stevens grand stands

He is also the same idiot who called the Internet "Intertubes" in 2006. Here he is on June 28, 2006:

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?
Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially...

They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.


Intertubes

Monday, July 28, 2008

Late Nite Featured Artists-Black Rebel Music Club



Here they are doing "Shuffle Your Feet." It's featured in HBO's Generation Kill trailer.

TN Shooter was a fan of Savage, Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh.

Why am I not surprised?

Usually because when you live on a steady diet of hate speech like this nut did, eventually a few screws come loose.

The Knoxnews.com is reporting:

Inside the house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly.

The shotgun-wielding suspect in Sunday's mass shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church was motivated by a hatred of "the liberal movement," and he planned to shoot until police shot him, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said this morning.



Shooter's manifesto

I hope this gives the wingnut fans of these right wing hate mongers a wake up call...but it probably won't.


Updated:
Orcinus highlights what Conservatives call funny:

Open thread

Feel free to rant and rave about whatever you like. Maybe if we're lucky GZ will come back.

Tonight's Featured Artist-DJ Hype



Here he is doing a remix of "Low Rider."

MSNBC debunks McCain's latest attack ad

John McCain is claiming that Obama cancelled his visit with wounded troops in Landstuhl, Germany because Obama wanted a photo-op. That is, like most things Conservatives say, untrue.

The Pentagon told Obama that his showing up with a member of his campaign staff, General Gration, would be considered a political event and a violation of DoD rules.

Jack Tapper provides a debunking of McCain's claims here:
McCain ad debunked

Conservative media think tank finds bias in press in favor of McCain

Last week wingnuttia-that is the world of right wing wacko blogs-was all [a] titter with charges of media bias in favor of Obama and harping on the amount of coverage Obama got last week. Ironically the LATIMES published a story on sunday announcing the following:

"The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign.

During the evening news, the majority of statements from reporters and anchors on all three networks are neutral, the center found. And when network news people ventured opinions in recent weeks, 28% of the statements were positive for Obama and 72% negative.

Network reporting also tilted against McCain, but far less dramatically, with 43% of the statements positive and 57% negative, according to the Washington-based media center."


newjeffct's diary

What is this liberal media that wingnuts speak of?

Breaking-Robert Novak diagnosed with brain tumor.

First he runs over someone and now he's diagnosed with a brain tumor. As reaperbot on DailyKos puts it: "He's having a rough week."

Yeah...

Here's the story:
Novak has a tumor

I don't like the guy much, but I hope he gets better. I wouldn't wish a brain tumor on anybody.

From the files of the American Taliban-Shooting in Tennessee

Over the week end a gunman opened fire on a bunch of kids performing songs from Annie in a church with a shotgun he concealed in a guitar case. The gunman killed two adults.

The church was Unitarian Universalist-a humanist orientated church that founded their local chapter of the ACLU in Knoxville. The gunman was a conservative that lost his job and blamed the rising wave of liberalism for his problems. Dave Neiwart over at Orcinus has a great write up written from a Unitarian point of view.

Orcinus: Madmen and Martyrs

These kind of events are going to become more and more frequent. The lunatic fringe of conservatism are becoming more and more desperate as their views become marginalized. And these people love their guns.

It's Monday ugh!!!! open thread

S. City asks: "What did I miss?"

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Night Owl open thread

Rant and rave about whatever you want here.

You can have a conversation in the comments section. You can even subscribe to the thread and have any additional comments by other people emailed to you.

McCain attacked by applesauce...



Passed along without comment.

h/t to DailyKos

Club Music Saturday with Elvis Crespo



Here he is with "Sauvemente."

Friday, July 25, 2008

If you do one thing today...let it be this.

Sign a petition to send Karl Rove to jail for refusing to comply to Congressional subpoenas.
sendkarlrovetojail.com/

Tonight's Featured Artist-Thao



Here she is with "Bag of Hammers."

Requested by S. City

This Afternoons Featured Artist. "Billy Squire"

Stroke.

Looking for friends? Need to get out of the house and go drinking with like minded people?

Here's a good organization. It's called Drinking Liberally. It has several spin offs like Reading Liberally and Living Liberally. Heck I think there is a group called Shooting Liberally that goes to gun ranges. My local chapter is meeting tonight. St. Louis has meetings on every other Tuesday and Thursday.

Look up your local chapter here:
Drinking Liberally

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday open thread. Rant and rave about whatever you feel like.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Late Night Featured Artists-Thievery Corporation



Here they are doing "Lebanese Blonde."

Robert Novak demonstrates some compassionate conservatism...

Conservatives get outraged about the dumbest sh*t...

Here's an idiot that's pissed that Obama got banners printed in German for his scheduled rally in Berlin:

This is pretty extraordinary. A candidate for the American Presidency is using flyers printed in German to turn people out for his campaign rally in Berlin on Thursday.


The Next Right gets wacky

OMG using flyers printed in the language of the locals...THAT'S CRAZY!!!

Truth is the conservative is jealous that people are actually excited about an American presidential candidate for once.

Marriage, what is it good for?

So, I stumbled across this article today about the decline in black women who get married. The headline fails to note that more and more people of all races are voluntarily passing on the idea of marriage. Actually, the article makes it seem that women are just unlucky at finding that elusive "ONE". Oh those poor poor spinsters. *rolls eyes*

Why arent men just as unlucky? If less women are marrying, arent less men marrying as well? Are the men marrying each other? Only in California!

Apart from the sexist and racist undertones of this article, this is a subject that has been on my mind a lot lately: WHAT IS THE POINT OF MARRIAGE?

Sure, sure there are tax benefits. I give you that. However, I seriously doubt the tax benefits are greater than the cost of even the simplest wedding and certainly not the cost to divorce. Maybe the wedding presents balance the scales a bit but wedding presents are not a very good reason to marry a person, IMHO.

Another reason NOT to marry a person, in my opinion, is insecurity: If I marry him/her, she/he won't leave me (because a divorce is expensive)

So, considering these shoddy reasons TO marry and considering the current 51% divorce rate and considering the low number of happily married people there are in the world (I only know about 3 couples), what is a GOOD reason to marry, what are the benefits, and WHAT IS MARRIAGE GOOD FOR ANYWAY?

Serious question!

Tonight's Featured Artist-James Brown



Here he is doing "Sex Machine."

Wednesday open thread

Here is today's open thread

Sunshine starts it off by speculating:
I think you are going to start seeing more of this weird-no explanation attempts at suicide, stand-offs, robberies, spousal executions, etc.

Between the heat, the gas prices, people losing jobs, the housing market (foreclosures), and the beginning of a recession...it's going to start driving people insane. Those that already border on being nuts could easily be pushed over the edge.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

FoxNews...we make you dumber.



Seriously...

Tonight's Featured Artists-Wall of Voodoo



Here they are doing "Mexican Radio."

Tuesday open thread

Blogger administration notes there will be a power outage at 5:30 PDT.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artist. "WAR"

I heard thay just played in STL over the weekend, at Live at the levee.

The song, "LOW RIDER"

Open thread

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Today's Featured Artists-INXS



Here they are doing an extended remix of "The Gift."

Phil Gramm says: "You won't have me to kick around anymore you whiners."

So Phil Gramm announced he's leaving the Johnny McCain campaign for the more of the same:

“It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country,” Mr. Gramm said in a statement issued by the campaign. “That kind of distraction hurts not only Senator McCain’s ability to present concrete programs to deal with the country’s problems, it hurts the country.”


NY Times Announcement

What's the debate Gramm? You called us whiners. McCain has basically agreed with you previously by saying our economic problems are psychological.

How do you debate people who can't even acknowledge we have real problems?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artist. "The Ramones"

I wanna be sedated.

Open thread

The chat widget on the left is good for quick short messages. Post here if you want to have a conversation with someone.

Thanks.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artists-G Unit-Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Young Buck



Here they are doing "My Buddy".

This is dedicated to roboposter. You are my gun.

Open thread

Get wordy here.

Myself, I'm on day one hanging with roboposter and luvin' it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

RUSH alert.

Rush is on The Colbert Report tonight.

Did you say Twisted Metal?



I spoke to soon...it's coming pubwoof.

Tonight's Featured Artists-Grand Funk Railroad



Here they are doing "She's Some Kind of Wonderful."

Open thread

You know what to do...

Totally gratuitous extra featured artist-David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.



Night Owl viewing. Here he is doing "Shine on Crazy Diamond".

Setting up a blogger account

If you use hotmail or google mail you already qualify easily for a blogger account.


http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=41348


If you don't have either of those you will be prompted to create a google email account. You can make up whatever ID you want, as you go along, to preserve your anonymonity. Once you have a blogger account like the contributors on the right, you can be an author with posting rights.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mr Bold throws down the gauntlet...

...especially to Pubwoof the racing game aficianando.

I just bought GRID today. Here's a nice youtube vid explaining why it is a superior game to Gran Turismo. We can play online if have a ps3.




MR BOLD adds on 7/18-

The game simulates damage really well. You are not going to continue to race if you smash your care. If you ding a front panel good enough, the car will pull to the damaged side.

The game also strikes I think a better balance between playability and realism than GT. Don't get me wrong...I'm looking forward to the full Gran Turismo 5 without this Prelude BS.

Tonight's Featured Artists-311



Here they are doing "Amber."

Open thread

Now a bit of CL lore-

About Dannybans.

You'll hear Dannybans and Dealz come up a lot. They're two right wing trolls who live on the STL Politics board. Dannybans pretty much set the standard for stupid. He tried arguing with me and when that didn't work he started just copying and pasting whole articles from National Review Online, Free Republic and American Thinker-all rightwing nutty websites. To avoid being accused of spamming, he would use at least 3 monikers and then deny it was him.

Dannybans is most likely the guy who writes the "MR EXPOSED!!!!" posts.

Dealz is smarter but like Dannybans lacks any actual integrity. When you corner Dealz he turns into a spelling nazi.

This is an open thread. Write whatever the Hell you like. And Sunshine can pick the youtube vid tonight.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artist "RUSH"

In honor of Bastille Day, I figured lets play it. Rush playing, "Bastille Day" from 1975.

Turning to T-Shirts to Spiff Up Downtrodden Cities

Not sure that I agree that STL is "downtrodden" but I do love love love this St Louis-centric tee shirt company http://www.stl-style.com/tshirts.html and am just thrilled they are finally getting some much deserved attention, and on a national level no doubt!

Yay.

Happy Bastille Day and open thread



Today is the day when the French common man and woman threw off the shackles of tyranny. This happened on July 14th, 1789 and the rich folks in France have been pissing themselves ever since whenever a populist outcry is raised.

Here's a fun French factoid: Did you know the metric system is a product of the revolution?

It seems that the French wanted to not only get rid of all the fat pigs, but also any vestiges of pigdom-like the foot, yard and inch. They said to themselves basically: "Why the fuck should the length of some nob's foot be a unit of measure? Screw that, we're rational!"

So they made the meter = to 1/10000000 of the Earth's Circumference from Pole to Equator.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artists-Coldplay



Here they are doing "Lost."

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Open thread week end

Dead kitteh I saw in Istanbul-


Get wordy...

Tivo Alert-Generation Kill on tomorrow night on HBO

I mentioned Generation Kill before when the John Adams mini-series came on. It was the first book about Gulf WarII that I read. It was written by Evan Wright a journalist for Rolling Stone. The movie is being produced by David Simon of "The Wire" fame.

check out the website

Here's the trailer:

Tony Snow dead today at 53.

Even though I think the guy spoke for a bunch of crooks, he always seemed good natured about it.

CNN: Tony Snow dead at 53

Here is AP's story with highlights from Snow as Press Sec for Bush:

We killed 47 Afghans at a wedding...

One of the problems with stretching the military as thin as we have done, is that it creates a reliance on air power. We have less boots on the ground and operations that would have used boots gets handed to the Air Force.

And bombs tend to cause collateral damage:

US 'killed 47 Afghan civilians'

Medical staff help a boy injured in Sunday's attack
A US air strike in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed 47 civilians, 39 of them women and children, an Afghan government investigating team says.

Reports at the time said that 20 people were killed in the airstrike in Nangarhar province. The US military said they were militants.

But local people said the dead were wedding party guests.

Correspondents say the issue of civilian casualties is hugely sensitive in Afghanistan.

President Hamid Karzai has said that no civilian casualty is acceptable.

US 'killed 47 Afghan civilians

Today's Featured Artists-Plant, Kraus and Ribot



Here they are doing Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog."

Friday, July 11, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artist "Wolfmother"

Woman.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Test this was sent via mobile.

Obama goes on the offensive....



I still love'm.


He's not a perfect progressive and most of us knew that going in. But damn, he can go on the attack in a way not seen since Bill Clinton.

From Anthony Romero-the Ex. Director of the ACLU

I saw this over at Happy Jihad's House of Pancakes and thought it was important to share.

Romero's Letter on HJOP

When it comes to protecting our freedoms, there really is only the ACLU. If you can you should donate.


Today, elected officials in Washington sold out the Constitution -- again.

Cowed by the Bush administration’s pre-election scare tactics, the Senate passed freedom-stealing FISA legislation undermining your Fourth Amendment rights.

This is not a “compromise,” as some in Congress would have us believe. The only thing they compromised is your freedom.


The FISA Amendments Act allows for mass, untargeted and warrantless surveillance of all communications coming into and out of the United States. And to top it off, it hands immunity to telecom companies for their role in domestic spying. This means your phone calls can be tapped and emails read with virtually no proof of threat, and there's no chance to learn how the telecoms invaded your privacy.

It’s outrageous, unconstitutional and un-American. That’s why the ACLU is prepared to challenge this unconstitutional law the moment President Bush signs it.



In one fell swoop, Congress has not only legalized the Bush administration’s secret NSA spying program, it has given the government even more power to listen to our phone calls and read our emails than even the Bush administration illegally claimed for itself under its secret program. And, by granting telecoms immunity, it has greatly harmed the chances of ever learning the extent of the administration’s lawless actions.

While politicians lack resolve, the ACLU and its supporters do not. Stand with the ACLU by becoming a supporter of the ACLU today.




Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director
ACLU

Tonight's Featured Artists-Flight of the Conchords



If you don't have HBO then you missed one of their funnier shows that debuted last year. The show "Flight of the Conchords" was based of these two guys stand up.

Here they are doing "Think About It."

My favorite cut by them is below. It's called "She's So Hot Boom."

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Karl Rove Watch

On June 20, 2008 on C-Span, I saw Former Press Secretary Mr. Scott McClellan appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary (House Judiciary Committee, for short) regarding the Ms. Valerie Plame matter and his book What Happened. C-Span; Scott McClellan Mr. McClellan was asked whether Mr. Rove would tell the truth before the Committee. The Committee mentioned that they have been trying to get Mr. Rove to testify.
McClellan did not convey great confidence in the veracity of any testimony that Rove would ever give, based on his experience with Mr. Rove on the Ms. Plame matter. When he was former Press Secretary, Mr. McClellan told reporters that Mr. Rove was not involved in the exposure of CIA Operative Ms. Valerie Plame’s identity in 2003, because Mr. Rove made two confirmations of his noninvolvement to him in private. Mr. McClellan later discovered that what Mr. Rove had said to him, which McClellan then relayed to the American public media, were lies.

After watching this C-Span testimony, I had to ask myself the question, “Where is Mr. Karl Rove?” Will he testify? When? In order to answer this question, I did a search online for answers, which led me to the House Judiciary Committee’s website House Judiciary. Below is some of the history I found.

Since July 2007, after Special Counsel Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation ended, the House Judiciary Committee has been investigating allegations of selective or politically motivated prosecution Judiciary Doc. This includes the exposure of Ms. Plame’s identity; the prosecution of Governor Siegelman; and the firings in 2006 of nine (9) U.S. Attorneys because they were not serving the Bush administration’s political goals newsletter; judiciary news. The hearings would also examine whether U.S. Attorneys were hired based on their political party affiliation and campaign contributions, instead of being hired because they were qualified for the jobs. Inviting Mr. Rove to provide testimony into these complaints was one aspect of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation, as Mr. Rove seems to be the “missing link” in this investigation.

According to the House Judiciary Committee website and the Committee’s subpoena (source: judiciary schedule), Mr. Karl Rove is scheduled to appear before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law this Thursday, July 10. On March 20, 2007, the House Judiciary Committee authorized Mr. Conyers to issue subpoenas for Rove and other people (Harriet Miers, William Kelley, Scott Jennings and Kyle Sampson), and for unredacted documents the Committee has not yet received that are related to the hearing judiciary.gov. On April 17, 2008, Mr. Rove was invited to testify before the Committee. On June 16, 2008, Rove was subpoenaed to appear on July 10 for the Subcommittee meeting.

On July 1, 2008, Mr. Robert Luskin, who represents Mr. Rove, wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) that Mr. Rove will respectfully decline to appear before the Subcommittee on July 10, “on the grounds that Executive Privilege confers upon him immunity from process in response to a subpoena directed to this subject.” Mr. Rove is willing to hold a private meeting without transcript or oath.

On July 3, 2008, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Mr. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and subcommittee Chairwoman Ms. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) wrote to Mr. Luskin, that Mr. Rove’s failure to appear could result in contempt proceedings. They wrote that Mr. Rove is not immune from testifying. At the very least, he is being asked to show up at the Subcommittee meeting
(judiciary news; Conyers/Sanchez).
Will Mr. Rove ever make a public appearance before Americans? If not via C-Span tomorrow, on July 10, then he will definitely appear before a former Democratic candidate for President! On Monday, Think Progress announced that Mr. John Edwards will debate Mr. Rove at the University of Buffalo campus on September 26. (Think Progress Rove/Edwards) Maybe Mr. Rove just needs the right audience and sparring partner in order to show. Or maybe he just needs an engagement after July 31, the last day the House Judiciary will be in session. All kidding aside, the stall tactic Mr. Rove is using to keep from testifying to the House Judiciary does not work in his favor. I still get the sense that Mr. Rove is acting in an unlawful, unpatriotic manner; he has no respect for American democracy. His actions—to accept the University of Buffalo engagement and to reject the House Judiciary Committee invitation to just appear—also seem arrogant and evasive, especially in the face of a subpoena over a year old. On the other hand, I applaud the House Judiciary’s efforts towards continuation of their investigation in as professional a manner as possible. This investigation is very valuable for the American public and should garner the support of government officials under the law to continue unimpeded.


Submitted by the Boldly Liberal Intern

Tonight's Featured Artist-Jimi Hendrix



Here he is doing "Bold as Love."

Open Thread

Here's a place for folks like Sunshine *cough* *cough*...

The chat widget is good for quick hits. Blogger comments function is more like CL. If you start a good topic on here, it could also be turned into a thread all its own.

Thanks,
The Management.

Telecom immunity has been granted by the Senate....

TalkingPointsMemo is reporting the title II "immunity for telecom" provision is going forward on the FISA bill. The following Senators voted no on stripping the telecom immunity provision from the FISA bill.

Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)

If you're a Missourian you should give McCaskill and Bond a call and deliver a piece of your mind.

Senator Look Up

Good news is Obama voted against granting telecoms immunity and McCain couldn't even be bothered to show up.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Silly New Yorkers...

Tonight's Featured Artist-Robert Palmer



Here he is doing "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On."

This is obviously the unofficial video. Apparently Palmer reached out from beyond the grave to turn off the embedding option on the actual MTV video.

Open thread for night owls and early risers

Get wordy on this thread folks.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Here's a good post over at DKOS-

Don't be a dummy. When your smart-ass conservative friend asks you to name a bill that Obama helped write or get passed, here's a pretty big list to choose from.

I know some of you have already bookmarked this, but in case you never got around to reading it, here it is again. Feel free to share it with a friend, or send it off to that asshole relative who sent you the "ZOMG MUSLIM?!" e-mail.

Here are just a few highlights from Barack Obama's career as a US Senator: specific pieces of legislation, what they meant and how they were passed.

The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act
Introduced by Sen. John McCain in May 2005, and cosponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Barack Obama added three amendments to this bill.

While the bill was never voted on in the Senate, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Acts of 2006 and 2007, respectively, drew heavily upon the wording of this bill.

The Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction.
Introduced by Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Tom Coburn.

First introduced in November 2005 and enacted in 2007, this bill expanded upon the successful Nunn-Lugar threat reduction, which helped secure weapons of mass destruction and related infrastructure in former Soviet Union states.

Lugar-Obama expanded this nonproliferation program to conventional weapons -- including shoulder-fired rockets and land mines. When the bill received $48 million in funding, Obama said, "This funding will further strengthen our ability to detect and intercept illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction, enhancing efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism."

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
This act of Congress, introduced by Senators Obama and Coburn, required the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds in FY2007.

Despite a "secret hold" on this bill by Senators Ted Stevens and Robert Byrd, the act passed into law and was signed by President Bush. The act had 43 cosponsors, including John McCain.

The act created this Web site, which provides citizens with valuable information about government-funded programs.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act

This law helped specify US policy toward the Congo, and states that the US should work with other donor nations to increase international contributions to the African nation.

The bill marked the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor. Following this legislation's passage, Obama toured Africa, traveling to South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Chad. He spoke forcefully against ethnic rivalries and political corruption in Kenya.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act
In the first month of the 110th Congress, Obama worked with Sen. Russ Feingold to pass this law, which amends and strengthens the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

Specificially, the changes made by Obama and Feingold requires public disclosure of lobbying activity and funding, places more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff, and provides for mandatory disclosure of earmarks in expenditure bills.

The House passed the bill, 411-8, on July 31. The Senate approved it, 83-14, on Aug. 2. At the time, Obama called it "the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate."

Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act

Following the Republican-sponsored voter intimidation tactics seen in mostly black counties in Maryland during the 2006 midterm elections, Obama worked with Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce this bill.

The bill has been referred to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Obama said of the bill, "This legislation would ensure that for the first time, these incidents are fully investigated and that those found guilty are punished."

The Obama-McCain Climate Change Reduction Bill

The Obama-McCain bill, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., would cut emissions by two-thirds by 2050.

Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007

Introduced by Obama, this binding act would stop the planned troop increase of 21,500 in Iraq, and would also begin a phased redeployment of troops from Iraq with the goal of removing all combat forces by March 31, 2008.

Explaining the bill, Obama said it reflects his view that the problems in Iraq do not have a military solution. "Our troops have performed brilliantly in Iraq, but no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war," Obama said.

Amendments to the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill

Obama worked with Sen. Kit Bond to limit, through this bill, the Pentagon’s use of personality disorder discharges in the FY 2008 Defense Authorization bill.

This provision would add additional safeguards to discharge procedures and require a thorough review by the Government Accountability Office. This followed news reports that the Pentagon inappropriately used these procedures to discharge service members with service-connected psychological injuries.

"With thousands of American service members suffering day in and day out from the less visible wounds of war, reports that the Pentagon has improperly diagnosed and discharged service members with personality disorders are deeply disturbing," said Senator Obama. "This provision will add additional safeguards to the Department of Defense’s use of this discharge and mandate a comprehensive review of these policies."

The Comprehensive Nuclear Threat Reduction provision

Working with Sen. Hagel and Rep. Adam Schiff, Obama authored this provision, which would require the president to develop a comprehensive plan for ensuring that all nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material at vulnerable sites around the world are secure by 2012 from the threats that terrorists have shown they can pose.

A provision from the Obama-Hagel bill was passed by Congress in December 2007 as an amendment to the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

"It is imperative that we build and sustain a truly global effort under an aggressive timeline to secure, consolidate, and reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material to keep them out of the wrong hands. The comprehensive nuclear threat reduction plan required by this provision is an important step in that effort," Obama said of the provision.

These are just a selection of the bills that Obama has introduced and co-sponsored. You owe it to yourself to be able to cite a few of these off the top of your heads so you can give people the gist of them when they challenge the Senator's accomplishments.

At the end of the day, I will take Obama's good judgment over McCain's longevity in Washington any day of the week. It's more important for a politician to learn from his or her mistakes than it is for them to present the same old failed ideas over and over and expecting a better result.

It's true Obama is a relative newcomer on the politican scene, but he has already accomplished much in the areas of nuclear non-proliferation, government accountability, environmental responsibility and others.

So get out there and let some people know what our guy is capable of. Don't be caught unaware when someone asks you for your candidate's resume!

Bookmark this, follow the links, share with friends. Wash, rinse, repeat. Always repeat.


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Tonight's Featured Artists-The Blood Arm and Anais




Here they are doing "Do I Have Your Attention?"

The Big O makes surprise visit to St. Louis today

I dont see any secret service type autos next door at the Ritz. I wonder where he is staying and what he plans to do with the rest of his day....

hmmmm....

Open thread

Here's a place to get wordy if the chat box is getting you down.

If you have a blogger account, you can get responses emailed to you so you never have to miss a moment of conversation.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artist. Drowning Pool

Let the bodies hit the floor. Firefox to blogger upload. Using the flv Firefox downloader, 8.4 mb.

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Join in common cause with Pamela Anderson...


Make your own KFC sign at KentuckyFriedCruelty.com

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tonight's Featured Artists-Steve Earl and the Dukes



Here they are doing "The Revolution Starts Now."

Day 2 and Jesse Helms is still dead...

Wikipedia remembered briefly:

"He died on July 4, 2008, slitting his wrists in a washtub out back beneath the pecan tree and writing "I've been a bad boy" in his own blood. The skins of several children were found drying in his attic, swarms of horseflies going in and out of the eaves. His wife was quoted on CNN as saying "I always wondered about Jesse's collection of little shoes."





Wikipedia Entry about Jesse Helms death

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July everyone.

Here's some pics I took earlier this week:
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Scratch one racist rightwing asshole-Jesse Helms dead today at 86...

Here's a death to cheer. I imagine ol' Jesse Helms is off somewhere laughing at the white suckers who voted for him and Strom Thurmond.

Jesse Helms dead today via TheCarpetbaggerReport

Good riddance...

On this day in 1776 this was said-

"WHEN IN the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience heth shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the People.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States, for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners, refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislature, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Bonne fête Quebec! 400 years old today!

Québec was founded by Samuel de Champlain on 3 July 1608 at the site of a long abandoned St. Lawrence Iroquoian settlement called Stadacona. It was to this settlement that the name "Canada" refers. Although called the cradle of the Francophone population in North America, the Acadian settlement at Port-Royal antedates it. The place seemed favourable to the establishment of a permanent colony.


Wiki: Quebec City

Here is a basic lesson on how to swear in Quebec City-

Call to arms....

The FISA bill that has a title II provision for retroactive immunity for telecoms is coming up for vote next week in the Senate. Make sure you call your senator-that's McCaskill and Bond in Missouri-and tell them we don't retroactively change the law for lawbreakers.

Firedoglake has a good phone script here:
Get the script

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Tonight's Featured Artists-Modest Mouse



Here they are doing "Float On."

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Man I think Wes Clark is really getting to Johnny...

McCain's temper gets the better of him:

McCain became visibly angry when I asked him to explain how his Vietnam experience prepared him for the Presidency.

"Please," he said, recoiling back in his seat in distaste at the very question.

McCain allies Sen. Lindsey Graham stepped in to rescue him. Graham expressed admiration for McCain’s stance on the treatment of detainees in US custody.

ABC blog article

h/t to the whole left wing blogosphere.


It's just bizarre. You'd think after running for almost 30 years on being a Navy pilot and POW you'd have figured out how to answer a basic question like that.

I think ol' Wes Clark nailed McCain where it hurt.

Make a note of that people...

Tonight's Featured Artist. Three Dog Night.

Momma Wabah58s birthday is today, so I thought I would post her favorite song. I use to hear this one a lot. Brings back memories of tall green shag carpet, fondue, and trips to Tower Grove Park.

Three Dog Night, "The Road to Shamballa"

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Local fauxtrage from Gateway Putz-

The brilliant mind of Gateway Putz brings the funny again with a post breathlessly titled:

McCain Tells Obama to Dump Wesley Clark

Why? Well he doesn't say. I can only imagine that Wesley Clark said something horrible like being a POW doesn't exactly qualify someone has having foreign policy experience. McCain fakes outrage and Webb tells him to cool it. How does GatewayPutz take it?

GatewayPutz explains:

This is outrageous!
After General Wesley Clark attacked Senator McCain, a 5 year POW in North Vietnam, another Obama surrogate, Senator Jim Webb, came out today and told McCain to "calm down" about using his service in the campaign.
This comes from a freshman Democrat who based his entire campaign on his military service.
Figures.

Here's a clue for Jim Webb---
McCain didn't bring it up- Clark did.


Actually no GatewayPutz McCain brings it up every chance he can get. Here's McCain tying Health Care to his time as a POW:
When Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Senator John Edwards, rebuked McCain's medical-care proposal and noted that he'd always enjoyed government health benefits, McCain responded that he knows what it's like to get inadequate care -- ``from another government.'' During an October debate, while knocking a Hillary Clinton plan to help fund a museum celebrating Woodstock, McCain said he missed the 1969 festival because he was ``tied up at the time.'' Even his rivals applauded.


Bloombeg: McCain Invokes POW Days to Repel Attacks, Court Votes

And GatewayPutz, Jim Webb is a former Navy Secretary under Reagan. That's actual government experience as opposed to riding in a jet and getting shot down.

Tonight's Featured Artists-The Beatles



Here they are doing "Across the Universe."

I'm sorry I couldn't find a decent live clip.

Obama & faith based initiatives

Mr Bold, what is this crap about Obama backing Gdubs faith based initiatives? I will vote for McCain if he keeps this up.

Mr. Bold adds-

Here's what Obama said:

The new partnership will not endanger the separation of church and state, so long as a few basic principles are followed. First, if an organization gets a federal grant, it will not be permitted to use that grant money to proselytize to the people it serves, and the group will forbidden to discriminate against them on the basis of their religion. And groups will be required to comply with federal anti-discrimination laws in their hiring practices—including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Second, federal dollars that go directly to churches, temples, and mosques will only be allowed to go toward secular programs. And Obama will ensure that taxpayer dollars only go to those programs that actually work.


h/t to DailyKos.

As long as they're not proselytizing I don't see the problem here. There are people who are willing to volunteer and this initiative puts some Federal money behind it so they can get the supplies they need.

And don't joke about voting for McNasty S. City. That guy wants to take away your right to choose what happens in your womb and who you can marry-even taking away partnership rights and benefits. Obama is clearly the better the candidate for women.

 

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