Saturday, December 22, 2007
The editorial referenced a "The Attack on Christmas 2007:
How Retailers Rate" that I located in PDF format. I also found Doctor Dobson's November 26, 2007 audio The Attack on Christmas 2007 where he examines "our culture's ongoing attempts to remove Christmas from the Christmas season".
Eventually I located Ashley Tarter, the founder of and campaign manager for the Wish Me a Merry Christmas Campaign. Somebody actually liked John Gibson's book. Back home I'm between two of her charter churches, namely First Baptist Church of Pelham and Teaver Road Church in LaGrange. I'd go with the 50 button lots for merely $75, plus S&H. For the Dobsonites there's nothing like a little capitalism with your Christianity. Peace ... or War!
Friday, December 21, 2007
I'd suggest a good number of even the chattering class is staying with Dubyah. There's where Digby seems almost too narrow. Maybe that's another topic for another day? Pundits, "journalists", "academics", ... on the right wing, or even in some of the middle of the road locales, are often still remaining in line. They criticize and lament their fortunes, often complaining that Bu$hCo isn't truly conservative, or at least not enough, yet considering the disaster of this administration they are rather restrained.
... The modern Republican party has somehow managed to create movement loyalty that supersedes not only the national interest but their own political self-interest.
And that's probably where money comes in. In a system where people are aware that historical narratives are being written to spec and where they are rarely held accountable for past political misdeeds, there is little downside to putting party before country or even before your own public career.
There is no such thing as disgrace, and if you lose an election, when you leave office you immediately become a well paid director or executive of various firms you used to regulate, a television commentator or "motivational speaker" and just wait a bit before becoming a high priced lobbyist. There are not only second acts in conservative politics, there are third and fourth acts, well paid and guaranteed.
This is true to some extent in the Democratic Party as well, but the conservative movement is a much more organic, full service organization that offers cradle to grave welfare for loyal soldiers at all levels (and a lonely wilderness for apostates.)
They don't fear losing. As individuals, they stand to benefit handsomely from their association with the Business Party and no matter what happens they remain comfortably ensconced in the vast array of conservative organizations and affiliations that have been created over the past 30 years.
The conservative movement is built to last --- even when it suffers electorally, the individuals within it pay no price, and the movement itself is reinforced. They believe, with good reason, that they have a solid minority at least that will always vote for them and whose regional and political prejudices they will always represent well. They know they will win the presidency as often as not. They are very good at political campaigning and manipulating the media.
Their movement is sustained by wealthy individuals and business interests who will make sure they have an endless supply of money. So while Karl Rove may have had the personal ambition to create a permanent majority, it really isn't necessary. ...
The founders worried a lot about the power of political parties or factions. In Federalist 10, Hamilton defines a faction as "a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community." Ironically his major concern was that the rubes would use the power of faction to take away the property of the Big Money Boyz. Obviously, he needn't have worried. When it comes to common impulse and passion, nobody has it over the conservative movement in service of its wealthy benefactors.
Where's he gets too broad is the idea that the "Big Money Boyz" don't expect to win. While they can perhaps count on the centrist weenies of the Democratic Party to stop Progressivism from ever breaking out, the Corporatists need and expect results from their people in DC and statehouses across the land. Plenty of Democratic Party pols are out there and all to eager to harness up for the Big Mules when the GOP stumbles every so often. Additionally, another generation on the right is being identified and then nurtured every single day. The idea of Tom DeLay 2.0 is scary enough plus I expect they'll make this model a little less flabby and evil looking.
Finally, Goopers surely do value loyalty, perhaps even to the point that it is partially a psychological trait. I'm not sure which is more frightening between their calculating why to remain in line or just being so inclined. I'll ponder some more on all of this and might revisit as time allows. Damn fine post Digby. Peace ... or War!
This is a good twelve minutes long yet plays well. Growing up watching Ben Jones on the Dukes of Hazzard and then seeing him serve North Georgia in Congress makes it all the better. It's Ben not Bob Scott Lehigh of the Boston Globe. Damn Yankee!
Wallace and Bobbie Edwards, John's parent, plus Dave "Mudcat" Saunders, John's "Senior Advisor & Rural Liaison" also appear in the video. I'm not sure if the dust has settled with Saunders and Thomas F. Schaller, author of Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South or Mudcat's disastrous start at Time's Swampland or ... but I'm still thinking he has plenty of wise things to offer both John Edwards and others in the Democratic Party. I surely enjoyed his and Steve Jarding's Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out.
Show John Edwards some love if you are able. His ideas on Rural America are worth a visit while you are there. Peace ... or War!
While I'm the first to accept Alabama's future isn't in textiles, I'm also a long proponent of "fair trade" rather than so called "free trade". Fair trade helps regular folks on both sides of the American border. It is not so good for the fat cats and of course that's why neither party, although the GOP is far worse, is doing right. One can hope that these workers and the thousands of others (You know it gets exponential on the consequences don't you?) impacted with these losses will begin to demand policies that work for the little man. Then again, it may come down to boys not marrying boys or something of that sorts which helps corporatists distract people into voting against their own economic interests?
It has been a bloody year in Alabama's textile belt. So far this year, textile makers have notified state regulators of their intent to eliminate 3,600 jobs, mostly through permanent plant closings. There were about 36,000 textile-related jobs in Alabama at the end of October, according to the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations.
The American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, which opposes free trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, says more than 1 million textile jobs have been lost in the United States since 1994. That's when NAFTA, which eliminated tariffs on goods flowing between Canada, Mexico and the United States, went into effect.
The Economic Policy Institute is a good place to start as to a better trade policy. Peace ... or War!
UPDATE - Mitt was lying about he and his daddy marching with MLK, Jr. all the way back to 1978.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The Justice Department delayed prosecuting a key Republican official for jamming the phones of New Hampshire Democrats until after the 2004 election, protecting top GOP officials from the scandal until the voting was over.Back in April of 2006, AP revealed Records show phone jammer-White House link: Phone data show people in election scheme had Republican Party contacts. That reporting contained:
Preposterous indeed. And I couldn't help but note the White House continues to refuse comment "on an ongoing legal matter". Even when it is not ongoing I reckon that holds. Peace ... or War!
The records show that Bush campaign operative James Tobin, who recently was convicted in the case, made two dozen calls to the White House within a three-day period around Election Day 2002 — as the phone jamming operation was finalized, carried out and then abruptly shut down.
The national Republican Party, which paid millions in legal bills to defend Tobin, says the contacts involved routine election business and that it was “preposterous” to suggest the calls involved phone jamming.
EPA Chief Denies Calif. Limit on Auto Emissions: Rules Would Target Greenhouse Gases came out today from the WaPo's Juliet Eilperin yet the coverage was everywhere. At the start of her reporting we learn EPA head honcho Stephen L. Johnson overruled "the unanimous recommendation of the agency's legal and technical staffs." In her piece I noted much yet this surely stands out:
The auto industry had also lobbied the White House and EPA to block the California regulation, and the Detroit News reported that chief executives of Ford and Chrysler met with Vice President Cheney last month to discuss the issue.
Mark Clayton and Daniel P. Wood of the Christian Science Monitor report After EPA rejects California, emissions court battle looms: The agency's legal argument on greenhouse-gas emissions is weak, analysts say. Sue the bastards! Bu$hCo might claim they learned their lesson in April when the Supremes, at least five of the nine, ruled the feds should regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Now they are trying to stop states from doing their own thing. Not sure that dog will hunt Dubyah.
Let's see if the Courts will force Dick to share these notes contrary to what they did when Big Energy wrote Bu$hCo's energy policy. California's Henry Waxman is already demanding that no records be destroyed. Good luck on that front Congressman given this administration's record. Peace ... or War!
(Here's what Senator Clinton asked General Petreaus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Read it and see if an apology is necessary. Mitt, she's on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Isn't she merely doing her job? She points out that they are trying to implement the President's policy. She says that "you, and certainly the very capable people working with both of you, were dealt a very hard hand." She's hardly disrespectful. Where'd she attack his integrity Mitt? Google "Clinton Petraeus willing suspension disbelief" and you'll see much of the right's message machine at work on this theme but again where's the beef? And what's this about "we now know beyond any reasonable doubt" as to "The Surge"? On the issue of civilian Iraqi death each got one Pinocchio from the WaPo. As to the statistics, it depends on the measurement. Even within the White House there's been fussing about how to proceed. And let us not forget the 2004 Wa-Po op-ed General Petreaus penned on the eve of the election.)
"In the wake of 9/11, the President took unprecedented (illegal in some case!) steps to keep us safe and defend Americans at home and abroad. We revamped our homeland security apparatus (Don't forget Dubyah resisted creating DHS for a good while), passed new laws that allowed us to listen in when al-Qaeda (and then ignored FISA at other times to just listen. And then lied about it. Repeatedly!) was calling, cleared out terrorist training camps in Afghanistan (Mitt, they were hardly cleared out!) and successfully (How much success can we and they stand Mitt?) toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein."
"our soldiers ... have overcome early strategic mistakes to make progress in Iraq ... This progress has come as America's heroes and their families have made unequalled sacrifices. They have done this in the face of extended and repeated tours with aging equipment as a result of military troop levels and funding that were cut far too deeply in the 1990s." (Mitt and the Townhall crowd surely recall that from 1994 forward Congress was controlled by the GOP. We know that Rumsfeld and other neo-cons contolling Bu$hCo ignored and actually ridiculed those that warned we'd need more boots on the ground in Iraq to do the job. Rummy was going to transform the military Mitt. Was he asking for more folks?)
Finally, don't you just love Townhall.com for an example of the right's coordination and content? With money from Joseph Coors and then the various Scaife foundations plus others, The Heritage Foundation was born. They supposed built Townhall.com for about a million bucks. Although they've sorta kinda cut Townhall.com loose now (This helps with the 5019c)(3) issues perhaps?) we'll see if they ever turn a profit. Free enterprise can be a real bitch can't it? I also love how on Tonhall.com you can get both anti-Hillary shirts and a book by Charles Koch on success. That the Koch family radicals have funded their own own gaggle of right wing organizations is just too rich.
Heck of job George says Mitt. Hugh Hewitt, via Townhall says The Smart Money Is On Mitt, so perhaps your strategy will work. Not sure the American public will buy it yet those that regularly visit Townhall.com at this point probably don't add up to too many votes come November of 2008. I'm sure you and yours will have time to hone the message even more by then and indeed I know the right's machinery is impressive. Still, I'm thinking plenty of Americans are realizing we've had about all the conservatism we can stand Mitt. Peace ... or War!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The level of wingnut welfare they alone provide is simply staggering. The reality that you've got "writers"and "academics" and ... promoting the free enterprise markets when they are on the dole is supremely ironic. The fact that so much of it is provided via 501(c)(3) "non profits" that in turn provide a nice tax deduction for the already rich is downright disgusting. Peace ... or War!
Ms. Campbell discusses some increasingly rare bipartisan activity up in DC. Senators Ron Wyden, D- Oregon, and Bob Bennett, R-Utah, have their "Healthy Americans Act" rolling along. While I, like Ezra Klein and David Sirota, am not yet convinced this is the way to go, I am nevertheless thrilled to see the legislation. It seems to be an honest examination of a problem that isn't even on the radar with most of those on the right. After January 20, 2009 we might have a chance to actually solve some problems for a change.
I also note that Ms. Campbell, to help her pen this work, appears to have attended the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism Seminar "Paying for Health Care". Maryland's Knight Center exists due to the John S. and James L Knight Foundation. Both the Terrapins and this organization are surely due a tip of the tam for their work.
Lets look toward a day when good, affordable health care is provided for all Americans. Peace ... or War!
Skip's Letter to the Editor appears is in my home town Randolph Leader today discussing the "righteous verdict" (Note how Lewis found a right wing think tank's study "righteous" in his shilling that I referenced above.) by the Alabama Supreme Court's eight "erudite and fair" Republican justices in reversing a huge judgment regarding Exxon's failure to do right by the State of Alabama in offshore gas leases they'd negotiated way back in day.
This was a simple contract dispute" claims Skip. Also, AVALA has apparently been studying up on punitive damages. They, perhaps even old Skip even, certainly didn't understand them in my only face to face contact with AVALA. I guess Skip couldn't get this Montgomery Advertiser rant into The Leader? It's not every day you get to read "socialistic" twice in the same piece.
Skip referenced a 2004 Hunt case that was the "same lease, same lawsuit, same basic facts, same outcome" yet left out the fact that the original trial in this very case filed in 1999 saw a jury verdict in favor of the State for $87.7 million in compensatory damages and $3.42 billion in punitive damages. The Alabama Supreme Court reversed and remanded on an evidence issue. The second trial yielded a verdict against Exxon of $102.8 million in compensatory damages, part of that involving interest, and nearly $12 Billion in punitives.
Circuit Judge Tracy McCooey, a Democrat, cut the punitive damages to $3.5 billion.
The court's lone Democrat, Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb dissented, saying that Exxon had engaged in "the appropriation of this state's resources by deceit." I've previously noted that Whacky Tacky Tom Parker wrote the opinion, that seven of his GOP allies joined, that saved Exxon five weeks of their profits from last year. Imagine what Alabama could have done with this money!
Joey King, a schoolteacher in Montgomery that is 100% Democrat, served as the foreman of the jury that returned the second verdict. He, admittedly goofing up as the "convict" language isn't applicable to a civil trial, said
The reason we had such a large amount was we knew we had to get Exxon's attention. We were one hundred percent sure they had defrauded the state. The evidence, letters from their own attorney's warning the company they were not paying the correct amounts to the state, that's all we needed to convict.
Please note that Exxon Mobil is alleged to have been willing to buy scientists off to help them with climate change issues. Hell, they've poured $8 million into various "think tanks" to shill their lines on climate change. Finally, Scott Horton of Harper's also weighs in The Best Justice Money Can Buy pointing out the huge contributions made to the GOP members of the court bu Big Oil and Big Business groups. Peace ... or War!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
What Steve Benen says works for me. His "Not to get too Book of Matthew on Huckabee, but Christ’s name, for the devout, isn’t supposed to be used as a campaign talking point." and "Way to swing the Jesus Bat at the electorate, Mike." are instant classics. Damned if Huck isn't going all out. Peace ... or War!
A grand example of the "lapsed leftist" according to Media Transparency, I'm sure David Horowitz is truly useful to the right. Well paid for his efforts, perhaps that explains his conversion?
Then again it could be that he's just plain nuts. His recent Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week (part of his Terrorism Awareness Project which is part of his David Horowitz Freedom Center) was surely a classic in wing-nuttery. His FrontPage webzine is always "interesting". Today for instance there's an article labeled "Islamist in the Army" and a teaser of "Thanks to the Islamic Circle of North America, our military has been infiltrated" both there and on Joe Kaufman's Americans Against Hate site. However, a closer reading reveals that Deep Thought, a.k.a. Lawrence, a.k.a. Bilal is an unknown. They've infiltrated huh?
There's a great list of articles examining David Horowitz in the Media Transparency link above but Media Matters provides plenty as well. I found "Its the teachers, stupid" perfectly illustrative of why I loathe the man. As Robert W. McChesney pointed out in examining the last screed from Horowitz, he simply doesn't know how classroom teaching works yet the main thing is how he claims "innumerable studies" support his position. They don't even come close but for folks like Jim "Conservative Tool" Wooten and David "Lapsed Leftist" Horowitz it matters not.
I hope and pray Salon culled him for just being a goober yet surely they could find somebody from the right that could bring a better game. As to David Horowitz I'm no fan indeed. Peace ... or War!
Free Press apparently expected more from Commissioner Martin given this press release. Their Stop Big Media effort provides additional insight into the issues at stake.
I like this quote from Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps:
In the final analysis, the real winners today are businesses that are in many cases quite healthy, and the real losers are going to be all of us who depend on the news media to learn what's happening in our communities and to keep an eye on local government.It is wise to recall where and how Americans tend to get their news yet I'm more worried about three other factors. First, from the Reverend Moon (The Washington Times) to Rupert Murdock (Fox News Channel, The New York Post, and apparently the Wall Street Journal) to ... the right is willing to put money into media, even when this results in huge financial losses. Corporate control of media is bad enough yet add in the modern GOP and we've got troubles and then some. Second, the right has built an incredible network of "think tanks", foundations, institutions and the like that know how to get their message honed and then out. The wingnut welfare rolls are full of "academics" and "journalists" on the dole even as they preach on behalf of the market. The message discipline and framing done on the right is impressive even if both frightening and illogical. Finally, the third facet of my fear relates to how ignorant the average American is when it comes to policy and the like. I fear that if I only relied on one or two sources for getting my news I'd often be often left out on true understanding of much. Often I have to work to get a handle on an issue even now.
The bottom line is that having a diverse marketplace of ideas, even when obtained via regulations, is healthy in a democracy. I'm afraid the FCC's actions today are yet one more step in the wrong direction. Peace ... or War
UPDATE ~ July 13, 2008 - The original post has Commissioner Martin identified as Kevin Marks. Beats me why I goofed but perhaps I was in the Christmas eggnog. I noted this today when I found the NYT's Saul Hansell's F.C.C. Chief Would Bar Comcast From Imposing Web Restrictions. I read a puff piece on him recently that was straight PR that made me think it was part of getting him ready for a new job after the end of the Reign of Error. However he made this decision it is the right one. Good for him!
This argument isn’t about whether companies acted in good faith, it’s about requiring that companies, and the government, follow a law that has been on the books for 30 years.
Thirty years! Bu$hCo could have tried to get changes to FISA handled instead of breaking the law. It had been tweaked several times in fact before. When Dubyah got that dreadful "Patriot Act" passed his folks had that opportunity for instance. Bu$hCo got caught breaking the law and I'm thinking they now seek to shield their lawlessness from further inquiry more than simply protecting those telecoms that helped them without a court order or even AG certification.
Well done Senator. Peace ... or War!
Perhaps Progressives ought to let the rascal veto something and then try to focus the coverage on the extreme conservativism that represents the modern GOP? I'm uncertain if this legislation was where that ought to begin yet it seems like sensible policy to me ... and New York's Nina Lowey. Representative Lowey said:
This dogmatic adherence to an illogical position diminishes our influence around the world and prevents us from working effectively to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancies and reduce abortions.Marianne Mollmann, Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division, uses HuffPo to explain the twisted logic of not only Bu$hCo but also the "Global Gag Rule" which dates back to The Gipper. Again, using the right veto to blast not only the current administration but also "movement conservatism" seems like an opportunity lost.
Finally, the quote in the first sentence was lifted from an American Progress piece from Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Satyam Khanna, Matt Corley, and Ali Frick that covers this and other outrages from Bu$hCo. Peace ... or War!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Mr. Fuller has managed to get a Letter to the Editor into the B'ham News titled Economic Policy Institute study kowtows to greed of personal injury lawyers that has to be one of the classics for even Alabama.
Lewis is upset with a "prettily written" article from the Economic Policy Institute and warns us that "pretty words are not always truthful, and truthful words are not always pretty." He claims "the study ... has more holes in it than a bag of doughnuts" and tells us that EPI ... "is stuffed like a Christmas turkey with ultra-left-wing business haters and trial lawyer collaborators". Look out Alabama, "its directors contain ... union directors". The use of the "big mule unions" language alone would make George Wallace proud but Lewis is going all out to channel the Governor in this effort.
Mr. Fuller then writes
Since we now know the premise of "objectivity" was untrue, we start to recognize the entire study was nothing but personal-injury trial lawyer-inspired bombast and the same-old, same-old.Lewis, what exactly do we know and how do we know this to be so? You were writing of bombast and the same-old, same-old? Let he who is without sin ... Lewis. He continues:
The bogus EPI report attacks a bona fide and righteous study by the distinguished Pacific Research Institute that proves each American family of four is saddled with an annual "tort tax," brought about by lawsuit abuse, of almost $10,000.Bernie said so! That's some research or authority for you Alabama. Bernie and Arthur Blanks seems to be doing OK, as in thirty billion worth of OK, notwithstanding last week's news of Arthur's QB going to Club Fed and his coach leaving the Falcons for the Razorbacks.
That, as noted, is one of the two glaring differences in the reports: The PRI study says there is not only lawsuit abuse in America, but extreme lawsuit abuse that we all pay for. The EPI says lawsuits do not increase product and insurance costs. Here is Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot: "Every item we sell has a built-in cost for litigation expense." That alone belies the trial lawyer web of deceit.
Alternatively, the PRI study is "righteous". Is Lewis a surfer dude? Or merely an authority on morality? PRI's "righteous research" has also attracted the attention of Public Citizen. Mr. Fuller would perhap blow a gasket over Ralph Nader's organization criticising PRI.
And the idea that a glaring difference between the two studies is that each entity did their own study is an especially odd way of Mr. Fuller ranting.
The other glaring difference in the two reports is that EPI says the "transfer of funds," money going from business to pay for lawsuits, is not a cost. Eh?Blather? Dupes? Troll the old line? Web of deciet? And do you merely focus on unsafe products for a logical reason Lewis?
Here is Lawrence McQuillan, author of the righteous PRI study: "A good economist knows transfers are not a social cost. But the PRI study correctly notes that tort transfers are an accounting cost to individual businesses that negatively influences decisions on jobs, investments, innovation and health care."
The blighted EPI study also claims the tort tax might be "only" $82 billion per year, and one portion of the study calls a $14.5 billion part of the cost "insignificant." Nice to know trial lawyers and their dupes are rich enough to call $14.5 billion
Predictably, wealthy personal- injury trial lawyers continue to troll out the old line that if there were no unsafe products, it would not be necessary to hire trial lawyers in the first place. Words fly from their mouths. It is blather. If it were not for lawsuit abuse, there would be no need for tort reform.
The actual EPI work from Ross Eisenberry, an obvious "pointy headed intellectual" controlled by his union masters, is labeled Tort costs and the economy: Myths, exaggerations, and propaganda. Lewis found so "prettily written" and I'd just offer that it is relatively clear given its complexity and scope. However, it is hardly easy to quickly distill, and I've gone on too long anyways with this post. So I'll let the thing go by with just a link and offering that I found it "righteous" and hardly "blighted". Nice graphics also make it worth a visit. If you're looking for "bombast" I'm afraid you'll be disappointed.
You've got to buy the PRI's study "Jackpot Justice" unfortunately. Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan has I'm sure pounded out a stellar piece of scholarship. His ideas on Social Security privatization followed the agreed upon language and selling points of the right. McQuillan earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and has been a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Nuff said if we reverse Mr. Fuller's arguments? His colleague Anthony P. Archie earned his degrees from Pepperdine. Reckon if he ran across Special Persecutor now Dean Kenneth Starr while he was earning his paper? He's also working for a right wing "paper" to boot. Right wing welfare at work out way out on the Left Coast making its way to Alabama. Who'd have thunk it?
I also found it interesting that Lewis has been a favored LTE source for the PRI. Over the summer he managed to get a LTE in the T-Town News that was worthy of note, at least for the distinguished PRI. They've also linked to one he got into the Montgomery Advertiser this summer. Maybe Lewis Fuller could help them out on other causes? After all, by visiting Pacific Research Institute you can get a book on why the middle class needs school choice. Also, there's the obligatory climate change denial. PRI is a true friend to Big Oil. PRI is "distinguished" certainly Lewis, if only for their funding by big business and right wing foundations.
Finally, I've previously posted some of the "reasoning" of AVALA's partner in crime, the Alabama Policy Institute. I'm still unsure if the AVALA official that came to a Lions Club meeting in Roanoke some years ago and tried to tell the poor Lions that Workermen's Comp cases involved runaway punitive damages was their current Executive Director Skip Tucker. I caught whomever was there from AVALA in so many lies that he pretty much started a combination of attacking and distraction. I guess he figured if he could get away with lying he'd try it.
If it was Skip then bless his heart and I must note that he definitely married up. Skip's lovely and apparently very capable bride Lissa Astilla Tucker is the Director of Governmental Relations of the Alabama Association of School Boards where she is advertised as an "experienced lobbyist". She previously was a high roller with the Washington-based American Tort Reform Association. I've surely scolded Skip before and Barbara Evans, late of the apparently defunct or at least struggling Alabama Watch, isn't too happy with him either for his recent attacks on Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and ... in relation to the ExxonMobil reversal by "the erudite and fair members of the Alabama Supreme Court".
Corporate funded "scholarship" and advocacy get parroted by a small time medical supplies salesman from Gadsden Alabama. How the right wing's message machine works is truly impressive. And scary. Peace ... or War!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The administration has proposed a regulation requiring "coordination" with politically appointed Pentagon lawyers before any member of the Judge Advocate General corps - the military's 4,000-member uniformed legal force - can be promoted.This administration knows no shame. Bu$hCo has people like the Pentagon's William "Jim" Haynes ready to control a promotion policy that ought to be removed 100% from politics. We've already seen how Mr. Haynes handled a retired JAG officer so one can only imagine how his type might handle folks still in uniform. Peace .. or War!
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
Bu$hCo, and the RNC I suppose as they paid for thousands of the things, ends with "May the joy of all creation fill your heart this blessed season." I reckon they learned from at least one of their many, many mistakes. Some might recall this flap over the card from 2005 and questions raised in 2006 by WorldNut Daily's Les Kinsolving. When the true believers aren't happy Bu$h dips into or even below the low thirties. This ought to keep some in his corner just a little longer. Peace .. or War!
Mooncat gives us the details on their votes back on the 13th. Alabama Senators Richard Shelby and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III surely delivered on the Energy Bill for the Southern Company. A "watered down" bill, as described by Forbes' Brian Wingfield, might have included stronger CAFE standards yet with renewable credits out and subsidies still in Big Energy did rather well. Of course in 'Bama, Southern's Alabama Power has been doing rather well. Peace ... or War!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Huck has him a real scrapper in Ed. Finally, that there's no booze or donuts on the Huckabee campaign makes it certain this man ought not to be President. I've usually enjoyed seeing and hearing Ed interviewed. He seems like a smart and capable operative. Until the GOP has their horse in the gate I'm wishing him happy hunting. Peace ... or War!