Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"A blueprint for instituting martial law in the United States."

"The old blue bloods have taken over."
These are just a few of the claims being bandied about by bloggers on the Internet and radio talk-show hosts alarmed by President Bush's plan for the federal government's survival in the aftermath of a catastrophic attack or natural disaster.
The plan, embodied in National Security Presidential Directive 51, was issued without fanfare by Bush on May 9. It draws upon blueprints prepared by past administrations stretching back to the Truman administration. The latest directive underscores long-standing presidential authority to declare a "catastrophic emergency" and coordinate "enduring constitutional government."
But it also awards the president broader authority to take over disaster recovery from state officials and calls on federal authorities to provide "appropriate support" to the vice president to orchestrate any post-attack recovery, if necessary.

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Jeb Bush And John McCain Advisor: Dump Florida Property Tax Plan

An economic adviser to former Gov. Jeb Bush and a economic advisor to Sen. John McCain is warning about the "unintended consequences" of the Legislature's property tax plan. Writing for Florida TaxWatch, Tony Villamil said the proposals have brought uncertainty to the property tax structure and "violate a principle of best practices of public finance, which is simplicity and transparency in the levy of taxes."

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Join DFA online at YearlyKos This Week

That's right, even if you aren't going to be in Chicago this weekend, you can attend without having to make the trip or paying a dime. We're excited to announce that DFA Night School will be taking place live from YearlyKos this Thursday at 5:30pm Central Daylight Time. Chris Bowers from www.openleft.com and Katrina Baker from Living Liberally will join us as we learn how to Build an Open Progressive Community.
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Fred Thompson's Campaign Lays a Big: Goose EGG

Likely GOP presidential contender Fred Thompson raises just over $3 million in June, substantially less than some backers had hoped, according to Republican sources. Full story:

'The Assault on Reason'

More Bad News For The DLC

Despite what you hear from the DLC, the biggest problem facing the Democrats, and the nation, is not the party's liberal activists ...more

Down Low Conservatives that is.......

Presidential Hopefuls Diss The DLC

  Bill Clinton will be there. So will 300 officeholders from more than 45 states. But one thing will be missing when  Down Low Conservatives gather in Tennessee this week to discuss how to appeal to the DINO crowd.
Not a single one of the eight presidential candidates plans to attend the Democratic Leadership Council's summer meeting, a snub that says more about the right wing DLC than it does about everybody else.
"They don't want to be seen with Down Low Conservatives ," DLC founder Al From said of  the real Democrats.
From said he has nothing against , Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, or the other seven Democratic presidential candidates. He even understands why they won't attend the DLC meeting.

Florida Poll: GOP Favor "None Of The Above" By 34%

A new Mason-Dixon Florida poll   shows Senator Hillary Clinton with a double-digit lead over Senator Barack Obama. On the other side, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Senator Fred Thompson are in a statistical dead heat in the GOP contest for Florida's electoral votes.With the GOP voting "NONE OF THE ABOVE" by 34%

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"What Would Jeb Do?"

Special Session Set for September For Florida Legislature
The 4th session of the year will occur in an increasingly tense political atmosphere -- with House Speaker Marco Rubio dissing Gov. Charlie Crist in print on two separate occasions.

Rubio called: Crist is too liberal.

The op-ed pieces in the Miami Herald and the Florida Baptist aimed at attacking Charlie Crist.

In the Florida Baptist Witness, Rubio took on Crist over his willingness to "allow pro-gambling bills to become law." A new law that took effect this month allows card rooms at pari-mutuel facilities to stay open longer and have higher betting limits.

Rubio opened the Baptist piece with his own version of the popular Christian initialism, WWJD. But in this case, Rubio evokes, "What Would Jeb Do?"

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Florida Straw Poll

At the August 4Th 2007 Florida Democratic Party central committee meeting, the committee will vote on whether to have a presidential preference straw poll at the the Bi-Annual conference in Orlando October 27Th 2007। Some are concerned that top tier Democratic Presidential hopefuls will not participate in the October conference if a straw poll is included. Many republican presidential hopefuls have already stated they would not participate in the Ames Iowa straw poll that has been held since 1973 such as McCain, and Romney. The question is should the Florida Democrats have a straw poll at the the 2007 conference?

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Pfc. Brandon K. Bobb

Pfc. Brandon K. Bobb                 Photo of Pfc. Brandon K. Bobb

Hometown: Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Age: 20 years old            
Died: July 17, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Army, 401st Military Police Company, 92nd Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas
Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near their vehicle in Baghdad.

Chief Petty Officer Patrick L. Wade

      Photo of Chief Petty Officer Patrick L. Wade           Chief Petty Officer Patrick L. Wade

Hometown: Key West, Florida, U.S.
Died: July 17, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Navy, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
Incident: Killed by enemy action while conducting combat operations in Salahuddin province, Iraq.
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Rep. Adam Putnam: To Gonzales " Resign"

Putnam is the chairman of the Republican Conference Committee and still the highest-ranking Republican official to call for Gonzales to quit. But he also is one of the strongest supporters of President Bush, who has steadfastly stood by Gonzales
In early May, Putnam called on Gonzales, a member of his own political party, to resign after Gonzales appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, alleged to have been engineered in the White House and to have been politically motivated.

It was his poor performance before the committee, Putnam said, that convinced him it was time for the attorney general to step down.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Fox Attacks Bloggers!



Fox Attacks Bloggers! You Can Fight Back


In recent months, Fox noise has implied that Barack Obama is a terrorist, called black churches cults, and denied the existence of global warming. This week, Bill O'Reilly declared war on the blogosphere and its advertisers like JetBlue.
Enough is enough. It's time we hit Fox where it hurts...their bottom line.
Watch Fox Attacks Bloggers:
Imagine a world where every time Fox said something truly outrageous, that very day thousands of people across the country called local Fox advertisers (who had already been identified), alerted them of the outrage, and urged them to pull their ads immediately.
We put together the Fox Attacker tool to do just that... it will become a database of all Fox's local and national cable advertisers compiled by literally thousands of volunteers who are signing up at FOXAttacks.com to monitor local Fox cable advertisers. You could even TiVo Fox and skip through the hatred and propaganda to just watch the ads!
Soon, we'll have a solid, verified database of Fox cable advertisers and we can start calling, and calling, and calling. And winning, and winning, and winng. See, we're pretty sure that a lot of local advertisers out there aren't making a conscious decision to support Fox's hatred and distortions, and if we just let them know what's going on, they will reconsider.
That's important. This isn't a boycott, we're just informing Fox's advertisers... nothing is more terrifying to Fox than the truth.
So if you're willing to identify advertisers, or willing to call or email them, then

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Fred Thompson: Swift-boating of Mitt Romney

With onetime Republican presidential frontrunner Senator John McCain in meltdown, Mitt Romney suddenly finds himself under fire from some of the Christian right's most influential activists. Romney's evangelical critics claim the former Massachusetts governor and devout Mormon was complicit in the Marriott hotel chain's sale of pay-per-view porn on its in-room television sets when he served on the corporation's board of directors from 1992 to 2001. Two Christian-right operatives involved in orchestrating the charges have enlisted as Internet organizers for former Senator Fred Thompson, who is preparing to enter the race formally. The tactics of these religious-right players, targeted below the radar against Romney, are calculated to alter decisively the outcome of the Republican primary contest.

Fred Thompson's Campaign in Turmoil

Republican Fred Thompson's Campaign in Turmoil, Losing Steam, Supporters Losing Patience

"It's now become an open joke among people in the consultant community and political movers and shakers that the senator's wife is really running the campaign," said Tony Fabrizio, a Republican ...more

Friday, July 27, 2007

Romney Fears Youtube Debate

This two minute video of Mitt Romney on C-SPAN today represents much that is wrong with his candidacy. He gives lame answers to easy questions like claiming to be unable to participate in a Republican YouTube debate as "September is a tough month" because "it is the end of a quarter." Thus, he must fundraise rather than answer questions from possibly the most egalitarian media outlet on the planet that is comprised mainly of the nation's youth trying to do their civic duty by participating in the political process. His message is clearly that it is all about the money and not the people.
Romney then seems to imply that he wouldn't participate in a YouTube debate anyways because the format was not (cough) respectful enough. Laughable on its face coming from a member of the party of the Swiftboat, Southern Strategy and Voter Caging, Romney adds to the foolishness by admitting that he never even watched the recent Democratic CNN/YouTube debate but for a couple of excerpts. Finally, after first being too busy and then claiming that the format was not proper, he kinda sorta backtracks and says he would not rule out doing a more respectful YouTube debate in the future.
And Then.....

And a bit later in the day, now speaking in a townhall meeting in Iowa, Romney slammed YouTube again. This time he asked his audience if they watched the debate before saying, "No, I didn't think so. You were peeling carrots or, you know, something else critical at that time...and, ah, just like me, I was doing something else. But you saw the excerpts, and perhaps on YouTube, you saw one of the presidential candidates on the left talk about what he'd do in his first year in office."

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Gay Border Patrol Officer Fights His Firing

Robert Rhodes was acquitted in 2005 of charges he violated the tourist's civil rights by pushing her head into the pavement as several officers sought to control her after she ran from a checkpoint. But instead of returning to work, the 17-year veteran of Customs and Border Protection said he was fired. His lawyer said Rhodes considered expendable because he had filed a federal complaint against his employer alleging unfair treatment because he is gay.

John Kerry wants YOU to write the script for a Radio ad

Your ad can be the one pressuring Republican Senators in some key states. Submit your script as soon as you can write it!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Republicans are feeling the pressure for change on Iraq. But I'm not a patient person. Especially when the lives of our troops are at stake. I refuse to wait around for the Republicans to move without giving them a little more pushing.

Quite simply, we want to take an unusual step - and we want to do it early. I think we need to run radio ads in the states of the Roadblock Republicans, making it crystal clear that they don't deserve to be reelected because of their continued support for the Bush Doctrine of escalation without end.  We need to turn up the heat even higher.

It's the pressure of activists and the voice of the people that have gotten us this far in the Iraq debate, not the cookie-cutter ads and thirty second soundbites of Madison Avenue media firms.

So we decided, why don't we let you speak in this radio campaign?  If user generated content can change presidential debates, I know it can help change the next election on the most pivotal of issues.

That's why we're running a contest. We want you to send in a script for a 30 second radio spot (that's about 65 words long), we'll whittle it down some to the top 20, and then we'll open up the voting to everyone. The winner that's chosen by the people will be what we air in the states. And we'll fundraise for the airing of that spot, with each of you able to choose with your contribution where you think we should run the ad. No political professionals making the spot, or choosing where to run it. It's all done by you.

You can make the spot sad, or satirical, or hard-hitting. Whatever you want to do. You can make it a personal story from your life (maybe you know someone in Iraq or have a family member there or maybe you are one of the many veterans in this community), or you can make a factual case on why voters should consider someone else because of this issue, or anything else you'd like. You get it -- it's up to you. And what you do can be the ad that goes on the air targeting the Roadblock Republicans.

So click here to submit your script.

You have until midnight ET on Saturday August 11th to get your script in, so get thinking and start writing. And forward this email to everyone you think might be interested in submitting a radio spot to this contest. If you know someone who has a way with words and wants to make a difference, send this along. We'd love to get their scripts.

Thank you, and let's make sure we get a change in course in Iraq very soon.

Good luck,

John Kerry

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Karen Thurman Does Q&A With Florida Netroots

Q. Do you have any regrets in how you handled the situation regarding your lobbying for Miami-Dade County port security?

A. I regret that it ended up in the newspaper! No, but seriously, I understand why the way it was presented in the Miami Herald and St. Pete Times created some concern. Unfortunately, they didn't get the story right. To be clear, I don't work for a Republican and I don't report to a Republican.

Since before I became Chair, and I have had my own lobbying and consulting firm. Recently, I teamed up with Eric Gould, who served as my former legal counsel from when I was on the House Ways and Means Committee and later worked in the Clinton Administration. In addition to working with me, Eric, a good Democrat, is a partner at Tew Cardenas, a firm that, yes, is part-owned by former Republican Party Chair Al Cardenas but employs Republicans, Democrats and non-partisan folks. Eric asked me to help them lobby on behalf of Miami-Dade County because of our new Democratic majority in Congress. After careful consideration, I decided, because the issue is one that I feel is very important, that it would not conflict with my duties as Party Chair. And it hasn't. In fact, it's opened more doors for Party fundraising than I ever imagined.

Now, I am not and have never been opposed to fully disclosing my outside income as Chair, and I'm certainly not the first chair to have other interests. However, our Party bylaws don't address the issue. But now we are in the process of discussing how to best to go forward. One option is to amend the bylaws with a procedure for disclosure, since that really seemed to be the issue for people that had concerns.

I assure you, I still spend most of my waking hours working for and worrying about the Party. If you don't believe me, just ask my husband!

And finally, if people really are concerned about anything I've done as Party Chair, I encourage you to write to me or call me with your concerns before you go to the papers or secretly videotape my conversations (it's happened!). We're all in this together, and the more we attack our own, especially when the facts aren't clear, the more we cede the upper hand to Republicans. Their Party, for good reason, is getting fired at from all sides. If we want to take back Florida, we should be getting out of the way, instead of taking bullets for them. We have got to stick together and trust one another or we'll never win. (I'm not talking blind, Bush Republican-type trust, but you get what I mean.)

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A Tip Of The Hat To Jennifer Of The Florida Netroots Blog For Facilitating this Event 

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Republicans talking about cleaning up governmental corruption is just like saying that Lucifer will suddenly become the angel of light again!

"The day of Republican smoke-screening and hiding under the outward righteousness of pharisaical Rome is ov-ahhhhh! America has seen, America has witnessed, your party's lip service to values, and we're tired of it. We will tolerate it no more! The Republican Party has no more claim on values and principles and especially God than those crazy jihadists over there! Your party's reign of terror values is ov-ahhhhh!"
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Another Phony Terror Threat

Olbermann Debunks Latest 'Cheese Bomb' Terror Warning

Pfc. Juan S. Restrepo

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
July 26, 2007
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DoD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pfc. Juan S. Restrepo, 20, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., died July 22 in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.
For more information related to this release, media may contact the Southern European Task Force public affairs office at 011-39-0444-71-7011 or 011-39-0444-71-8020.
My deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Family and Friends of this Fallen Hero. We thank you for your sacrifice, we are a grateful nation. May your pain be tempered in the knowledge that Juan is a True American Hero and he will Never be Forgotten.

Stand down, PFC Juan S. Restrepo, your mission is now complete, may you rest in eternal peace.

DNC v. Florida Democratic Party

The DNC could force Florida Democrats to cast aside the results of the Jan. 29 primary and stage their own election, says one party insider.
In an e-mail to other activists, DNC member Jon Ausman of Tallahassee quoted an interview party chairman Howard Dean gave to a South Carolina television station. "Florida's going to have a different kind of electoral procedure than they think they will,'' Dean said. "We want to preserve South Carolina's uniqueness.''
The new state law that bumped up Florida's primary from mid-March to Jan. 29 violated the calendar set by the Democratic national party, which allows only four smaller states to vote that early.
In order for Florida Democrats to send delegates to the national convention, The DNC could make them hold a separate election after Feb. 5. "This could happen,'' Ausman warned.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

House Judiciary holds Bolten, Miers in contempt

   The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers in contempt of Congress, setting up a constitutional showdown between the two branches of government.

The vote followed a heated debate over the facts of an ongoing investigation into the Justice Department's firing of several U.S. attorneys. Miers and Bolten refused to comply with Judiciary Committee subpoenas for testimony in the matter. Democrats are trying to find out whether politics played an improper role in the prosecutors' dismissals and what role, if any, White House officials played.

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Fred Thompson Falls Flat Before He Leaves The Gate

Out before he's in? The Politico reports that Fred Thompson has fired his campaign manager before launching his campaign:
Though he has not yet even declared he is running for president, Fred Thompson shook up his team Tuesday amid fears he was losing momentum and needed an injection of talent.
Top advisers to the "Law & Order" actor and former U.S. senator from Tennessee had soured on Tom Collamore, the operations chief for the Republican presidential campaign in waiting.
Collamore, a former executive at Altria (nee Philip Morris), was moved to an advisory role Tuesday, advisers said.
The day to day campaign will now be run by Randy Enwright, a Florida consultant who was the political director. And former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) will be the chairman, acting as the campaign's ambassador to official Washington.

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Democrats Now Trusted More than GOP on Ten Out of Ten Key Issues

When it comes to National Security, Democrats are now trusted more by 42% of likely voters, Republicans by 40%. This means that Democrats now enjoy at least a nominal edge on all ten issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports to gauge voters' trust of the two major parties.
In late June Democrats had the edge on nine of ten issues. At that time, the
GOP had a single point advantage of the National Security issue.

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Sgt. 1st Class Michael S. Curry

An Army paratrooper who grew up in Hollywood and Dania Beach was one of four soldiers killed recently in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded, the paratrooper's family said.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael S. Curry, 37, had spent the last 20 years of his life in the Army, and for most of that time he had been assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Caserma Ederle, in Vicenza, Italy. It's also where he met his wife and had two sons, one of whom turned 12 today. The other is 9.

"He was a wonderful husband, father and son," said Curry's sister, Niki Martin, 35. "He was so wonderful, like something that is too good to be true."

But it was true, relatives said Tuesday, as they mourned and discussed plans for a local memorial service. Curry will be buried in Italy next week, relatives said.


Clinton Campaign Smacks Down O'Lieley- Video

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This post, written by Taylor Marsh, originally appeared on Taylor Marsh.com
Remember the 2004 election?
Remember Bill O'Reilly telling Democrats that if they'd come on his show their chances would be better in the election? That any candidate who goes on his show stands a better chance with "the folks"?
Remember the fight with Fox "News" over the presidential debate in Nevada? Bill-O went ballistic.
Fox and O'Reilly have made it a point to blather on ad nauseam that Democrats are crazy not to come on Fox. That we ignore Fox at our peril. Of course they believe it's the smart thing and actually offers something for Democrats. It's an absurd proposition, especially given the way O'Reilly and hosts like Sean Hannity treat Democrats and progressives who venture in. Even Alan Colmes sometimes gets into the act when a Democrat takes an opposite opinion on an issue. The latest was a segment on "The Factor," where Bill-O went at Peter Beinart and a foreign policy expert from the Clinton administration on how to deal with Pakistan. Bill-O was insulting from the start, followed by his usual dripping condescension at all things Democratic.
But last night Howard Wolfson laid Bill-O out.
"I think it's unfortunate that in the last week or so you have cherry picked some comments on the Daily Kos site that you or I or others might find objectionable and decided to smear an entire community - hundreds of thousands of people who go to the site every day, who talk to one another, who participate vigorously in our democracy; and you are urging Democratic presidential candidates to stay away from their yearly conference. And unfortunately with all due respect for you, the days where you can dictate where Senator Clinton and other Democrats go, who we talk to, are over." - Howard Wolfson
Going on "The Factor" to talk about Clinton's appearance at YearlyKos afer his comment about O'Reilly's attacks on the convention, as well as Daily Kos, was a brilliant move. That Wolfson left Bill O'Reilly slack jawed was a bonus. Wolfson didn't get combative or argumentative. He didn't offer a laundry list of insults that O'Reilly himself has hurled. Wolfson didn't name all the guests and the outrageous things that get said on "The Factor" either, but only mentioned that reality almost in passing, as an assumption. He didn't have to. Instead, Wolfson stated very matter-of-factly that O'Reilly was wrong to say the things he did and "cherry pick" comments from a blog that has millions of commenters over the last years. He also talked about the thousands of dedicated progressives out here in the blogosphere, as well as stating that he didn't agree with every single comment, but policy disagreements are welcome. Wolfson acknowledged the criticism Clinton takes in the blogosphere, which is an understatement. You've seen the video, so you know how this turned out.
O'Reilly, throughout it all, kept coming at Wolfson, intent on making him blink, back down, come over to Bill-O's side. When O'Reilly read some of the comments placed on Daily Kos, he made sure to read one about "the blue dress," which had a twisted smear that was directed at candidate Clinton. You could see Wolfson close his eyes at that point. It was a disgusting display by O'Reilly to try to goad Wolfson down to his level. But he didn't bite, not once, not ever.
Wolfson treated O'Reilly like just another interview with someone who has a beef with the Clinton camp, but he had no intention of giving an inch to the Fox "News" prima donna, something that clearly irked Bill-O. It was priceless and particularly devastating because of Wolfson's calm dismantling of Fox's chief pontificating gas bag.
But let's face it. You don't need a bazooka to brush away a nat.

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Sex, Lies, And Video Tape- And Mayor Naugle

Though Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle has offended gays, minorities, the poor and environmentalists for years, his latest comments about the gay community have sparked a much larger public outcry.
The embarrassment that is Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle called a press conference yesterday in advance of the planned "Flush Naugle" rally.  He said he was going to issue an apology.

Instead, he fanned the flames further, so to speak!  Hear his insulting "apology" here
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7-25 Naugle press conference
Jim Naugle held a press conference yesterday, ostensibly to apologize. Hear what constitutes an apology to the Ft. Lauderdale Mayor.
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7-24 Big Naugle protest today
Jim gets the details on today's anti-Naugle protest from Anthony Niedwicke of United Ft. Lauderdale.
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Schneider To Run Against Jennings?

Don't rule out another battle between Jan Schneider and Christine Jennings for the Democratic Party's nomination for Congress.

Jennings told Jeremy Wallace of the Hearld Tribune  that she was unsure if she would have voted for the April 1, 2008, withdrawal date advocated by Democrats in Congress.
Schneider's statement said she would have supported the withdrawal.

"Congress should long ago have asserted itself to overturn the failed policies pursued by President George W. Bush in Iraq," Schneider's statement said.

It would be the third contest between the Sarasota residents.

In 2004, Schneider won beat Jennings4. In a four-person primary, Schneider won 47 percent of the vote to Jennings' 38 percent. Schneider went on to lose to then-Rep. Katherine Harris.

But in 2006, Jennings turned the tables, winning 62 percent of the vote to Schneider's 38 percent. Jennings went on to lose by 369 votes to Republican Vern Buchanan in the general election.

Special Session Set for September

House and Senate leaders told lawmakers Tuesday that a special session on Florida's sagging state budget will begin Sept. 18 and could run through the first week of October.
So far, only the budget is on the agenda, according to House Speaker Marco Rubio and Senate President Ken Pruitt, who sent a joint memo to legislators. A formal proclamation setting the session is expected later.
"The task of reducing the budget will be difficult, but achievable," said Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie.
Rubio said cuts are coming. Because of the state's stalled housing market, tax receipts have declined and lawmakers may need to slash as much as $1 billion from a $71 billion budget that went into effect July. 1.
"We will be mindful of the need to sserve citizens while making necessary reductions in state spending," Rubio said.

Will he also be funding Kid Care?
How About PIP insurance?

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Florida Voters Give Bush The Lowest Approval Ratings Of Any President Ever!

Florida voters disapprove 63 - 33 percent of the job President George W. Bush is doing, matching his lowest score ever in the state.

From July 12 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,106 Florida voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. The survey includes 433 Republicans and 438 Democrats, each with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points.

In a matchup of , Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson 42 - 39 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. In a three-way race, Obama doubles his lead over Thompson to 38 - 32 percent, with 14 percent for Bloomberg.

In other general election match-ups, Clinton defeats Thompson 48 - 39 percent and tops Arizona Sen. John McCain 46 - 40 percent. Obama defeats McCain 42 - 38 percent and loses to Giuliani 47 - 39 percent. McCain also loses 45 - 41 percent to former Vice President Al Gore, who defeats Thompson 47 - 39 percent and loses to Giuliani 48 - 42 percent.

In the Democratic primary race, Clinton gets 36 percent, compared to 14 percent each for Obama and former Vice President Al Gore, while former Sen. John Edwards gets 9 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data click here   
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Rep. Bob Allen's Ship Has Sailed

Rep. Bob Allen R- Any Men's Room-  has vowed to fight  the charge of soliciting a male police officer for blow-job, and he's still a candidate for a state Senate seat. But  not so fast Bobby boy from the editorial page editor of , Florida Today. Read more here.


Rep Bob Allen, R-any men's toliet after arrest

Think it's another quiet hurricane season?



Just wait a few weeks

 Amid the storm that has swept through the National Hurricane Center this month over the future of its deposed director, there has been one thing missing: an honest-to-goodness hurricane.

But Floridians shouldn't expect that to last.

With only two minor tropical storms so far, the 2007 hurricane season has been quiet since it officially began June 1. But the slow start is typical, even for the above-average season that is still expected.

"Just because things are quiet on July 20 doesn't mean the active season won't come true," Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist, said Friday. "There have been plenty of active seasons where we didn't have any activity before August.

"Just look at 2004."

That was the year when one tropical storm — Bonnie — and four hurricanes — Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne — smacked the Sunshine State in a six-week span that started Aug. 12. Yet the first named storm didn't pop up until Aug. 1.

On Friday, Beven was keeping an eye on a tropical wave near Puerto Rico, though conditions weren't favorable for its development. But he and other forecasters don't expect those conditions — principally, high wind shear — to endure.

Wind shear, winds that blow in different directions at different altitudes and rip hurricanes apart or inhibit their formation, typically is high in June and July. It begins dropping in August, kicking off the three peak months of hurricane season.

That's a major reason 90 percent of all hurricanes form in August, September and October, according to Chris Landsea, the science and operations officer at the hurricane center. It's also among the reasons tepid activity in June and July is no indication what the rest of the season may hold, he said.

In May, Landsea and other members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's seasonal-outlook team predicted that 13 to 17 named storms will form in the Atlantic basin this year. Of those, they estimate, seven to 10 are likely to grow into hurricanes, with three to five ballooning into major tempests of at least Category 3 strength.

But even if they're wrong—like last year, when unexpected El Nino conditions tamped down hurricane activity — it takes just one storm to make for a terrible season. Case in point: The 1992 hurricane season was below average but nevertheless spawned Hurricane Andrew, which leveled much of south Miami-Dade County.

For now, though, Beven and other meteorologists are happy to be talking about what storms might be lurking on the horizon, rather than the one that has swirled at the hurricane center most of this month.

On Thursday, two weeks after half of the center's staff called for the immediate ouster of their new boss, Bill Proenza, a NOAA assessment team recommended he permanently lose his post. Employees said Proenza's "disruptive" conduct was undermining the center's credibility and the public's faith in its forecasts.

On paid leave since July 9, the veteran National Weather Service administrator had replaced the retiring Max Mayfield in January. Mayfield's longtime deputy, Ed Rappaport, is now acting director.

"We're all happy to have this episode behind us — hopefully," said Ben Nelson, the state meteorologist. "Now everybody can concentrate on the peak of season."

Maya Bell can be reached at mbell@orlandosentinel.com or at 305-810-5003.
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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Mitt Catches S**t Over Hillary-Bashing Sign

Not everyone is a fan of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but comparing them to one of the most dastardly pieces S**T of all time -- that might be bit much. Especially for a presidential candidate.

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The GOP:Protecting the kids?


Tammy Faye Bakker- Messner 1942-2007

Looking back on her life a decade ago, Mrs. Messner summed it all up this way:
"When I was a little girl, I used to pray: 'Dear God, please don't let my life be boring.'
"I found that you have to be careful what you pray for."

What turns young voters off

Talking Medicare isn't a good way to appeal to young voters. Seemingly irrelevant issues, along with intense cynicism and hypernegative campaigns, are all cited as reasons younger voters are turned off by politics.

Communication: The old approaches — television, mailers, recorded telephone messages — aren't the way younger people get their information. "Everything moves fast. Everything is Internet-based," Krishnaiyer said. Republican activist Michael De Gruccio, 27, said smart candidates have professional-looking Web sites, blogs, podcasts and MySpace and Facebook sites.

Negativity: State Rep. Martin Kiar, D-Davie, elected last fall at age 29, thinks negative campaigns alienate younger voters. "From the gubernatorial down to everything else, it was so nasty. It was all negative all the way. Many young people didn't want to come out."


Florida Property Insurance Rates Rising Not Going Down

Sen. Bill Posey, the Rockledge Republican involved in negotiating the massive insurance reform, said lawmakers could move only so far so fast and that the ''culture of instant gratification'' made it difficult to meet expectations in the first place.
''You can't turn the Queen Mary around on a dime,'' Posey said. ``This is a big ship and it will take time.''

One emerging explanation for the higher rates is that new rules, expanding a state catastrophe fund to help insurers cover losses if a massive storm hits, may have backfired.
The expansion of the Hurricane Catastrophe Fund was the centerpiece of the reform plan to lower rates for Florida homeowners because it would allow insurers to buy cheaper backup insurance and pass the savings on to policyholders. The CAT Fund now can cover $28 billion in losses.


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Saturday, July 21, 2007

It Was Bound To Happen: A Youtube Tribute To Bob Allen, Vitter And Privette

White guy geekin' to Outkast's "we luv deez hoez"
Don't these hypocrtitters know: that God Hates Adultrey 160 times in the Bible

Another Gay-bashing, Klan-loving, Pulpit-Slurping, Republican has disgraced himself

Another Gay-bashing, Klan-loving, Pulpit-Slurping, Republican has disgraced himself.
No, make that Three.
Let's start with the Christian Coalition's favorite son, Louisiana senator David Vitter.
There's not enough Boudreaux Buttpaste in the world that can wipe-clean a career like Vitter's-- now better known as The Guy Who Frequents Prostitutes and Asks To Wear a Diaper.
Apparently the whores of New Orleans call him "Vitter the Shitter." And don't even ask about his love child -- who, one can only hope, is kept well-stocked with Pampers.
I hate the way a hypocrite like this can drag the good name of kinky sex through the mud.
Vitter refuses to resign, of course. He and his wife took the neo-Antoinette position at their recent press conference: "Let them eat shit."
David said God, and His Wife Wendy, were willing to move on -- and so should everyone else. After all, he still has plenty of gay marriages to wreck, and black voters to disenfranchise! Let the man get on with his work!
But his better half upstaged him. Wendy showed up for the cameras in a low-cut leopard print dress and giant hoop earrings, to say she's forgiven Davy for everything and it was time for the press to leave their family alone.
She needs more than sartorial assistance:
In 2000, Vitter was included in a Newhouse News Service story about the strain of congressional careers on families.
His wife, Wendy, was asked by the Newhouse reporter: If her husband were as unfaithful as Livingston or former President Bill Clinton, would she be as forgiving as Hillary Rodham Clinton?
"I'm a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary," Wendy Vitter told Newhouse News. "If he does something like that, I'm walking away with one thing, and it's not alimony, trust me."
"I think fear is a very good motivating factor in a marriage," she added. "Don't put fear down.

I'm scared.
Watch the campaign videos of Vitter's last election, where his wife asked him to change their baby's nappie.
Read Jon Swift's satire on how Gay Marriage Ruined Vitter's Life.
Follow the Diaper investigation, load by load.
Or maybe you've been turned into a pillar of salt and find yourself unable to move.
Don't worry, there's another distraction. Vitter is momentarily overshadowed by Congressman Bob Allen of Florida. Allen is such a pest at the men's public toilets that that it was only after the THIRD time (in an hour) that he waltzed in to make a play, that an undercover cop finally busted him for solicitation.
And gee, Bob was offering men $20 to go down on them. Jeff Gannon must be wrending his garments:

...The 48 year old Republican Representative was arrested today on second degree misdemeanor charges for solicitation for prostitution. And the twist is that he's a married man, and was asking an undercover cop in a men's room if he could pay him to give him a blowjob. It's so GOP!
Allen was out for a little afternoon delight and got nabbed at noon in Titusville, Florida. "Officers say they noticed Allen acting suspicious as he went in and out of the men's restroom 3 times. Minutes later, he solicited an undercover male officer inside the restroom, offering to perform oral sex for $20."
He was first elected in 2000 and lists "water sports" as a hobby on his official state website.
The Christian Coalition loves loved Rep. Allen. Like Vitter (and Foley) and the rest of the Republican hypocrites, he was strong on the family values bullshit. In the last session of the Florida legislature, the Christian Coalition commends him for supporting their (extremist, hateful) positions 92% of the time. The Rainbow Democratic club also rates all the elected officials in the area. Allen? "Wicked Witch: Worst of the Worst."
The headlines and photos say it all. I don't know how The Daily Show could improve it. But I do have a couple of editorial comments:
1. Vitter's defiance, to refuse resignation, is the default Bush strategy, the corporate-politics vamp. You refuse to take responsibility for anything, and deny the obvious. If they can't force the scepter out of your hand, you hold on for dear life, and keep cashing the checks. You simply write your own reality.
2. A few sincere conservatives are calling for Vitter's scalp. But not most of his base. If you read the Times Picayune comments and stories, you'll see the general sentiment-- most people haven't budged from their original position, be it Democrat, Republican, or Indifferent.
The one thing that could change Vitter's standing with his supporters, sad to say, is if evidence appears that Vitter is a "race-traitor."
I wish I could laugh at such a quaint expression, but it's very much alive in this man's community. If Vitter is found to have had so much as a chaste vanilla kiss with a black woman over 21, he will be crucified by the segregationist, white supremacist freaks who put him into office.
This fear of "the unpardonable sin" may be why Larry Flynt still has a swarm of detectives interviewing the New Orleans sex trade to unearth the worst. Flynt's not looking for more diapers -- Louisiana good ole' boys don't care if Vitter walked around with a pacifier in his mouth -- as long as his momma was white.
Perhaps the most Gothic twist on American racism is that it has sat out its "politically incorrect" phase by hiding its language under homophobia and sex-bashing, which is still (marginally) more palatable.
"Code-switching" is exactly what Jerry Falwell did in his "make-over," along with all the other publicity-minded, "whites-only" conservative figures of the South.
In 1981, as he lay dying, Lee Atwater (Karl Rove's mentor) confessed the GOP's "Southern Strategy" to win elections. Note the use of the second person narative:

...You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger."
[But] by 1968 you can't say 'nigger' -- that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like "forced busing," "states' rights," and all that stuff.
You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things ... and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

If I could raise Atwater from the dead, I bet he'd agree with me that when the GOP realized that "abstraction" didn't raise the passion/votes they needed, they turned to abortion-screaming and gay-bashing.
Not because of sentiment or faith! -- No, the South had a traditional tolerance for queers and hushed-up pregnancies -- read your Tennessee Williams. But this new kind of sex-fiend pandering is a device to proclaim, "nigger nigger nigger" without mentioning the forbidden words.
Every time a politician says, "Stop gays!" on his campaign literature, he's pressing euphemisms to make his racial position clear -- and no one needs a cheat sheet.
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IS Bush Hurting The GOP?

   NBC considered on Friday how the Iraq War and President Bush's 29% approval rating might "affect his party's prospects in the upcoming elections." White House correspondent David Gregory pointed out that, if historical trends hold true, a president as unpopular as Bush is unlikely to be succeeded by another Republican. However, the dilemma for potential candidates is that the president remains popular among Republican primary voters, making it difficult for them to distance themselves from him.
Tim Russert said there was nothing the president could do to improve Republican prospects in 2008 short of "a dramatic turnaround" in Iraq, politically as well as militarily, because the Democrats are not allowing the Republicans any middle ground. "You see what's happening in the Senate," Russert explained. "While those Republicans have broken publicly with the president, saying we need a change of policy, the Democrats aren't having anything of the sort. They're forcing them to vote simply 'withdraw' or 'not withdraw.'"
Russert concluded that although the president just wants to run out the clock, Congressional Republicans will have to face the voters in 2008. "They cannot wait and ride this war out," he said.
The following video is from NBC's Today Show, broadcast on July 20.
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A 'Normal' Day in Baghdad

 I challenge Congress and the President to do my Rotation!"
ABC showed this rare report on 7-16-07, It came from the Guardian Unlimited. ABC only showed 4min of the 10min report, but it was an important 4min's. Listen to both GI's, the first will give you a glimpse into what many are facing and why this country needs to 'Move A Nation To Care' finally.
Imagine going through what these troops do on a daily basis, than compound that with extended tours and being sent back into the Quagmire on Multiple Tours!
Our reporters, unlike our conflict in 'Nam, rarely leave the Green Zone, the few that are actually there, for this Conflict is more Dangerous, it's a take no prisoners
Inside The Surge

Reactions to Rare Footage of U.S. Troops in Iraq

After "World News With Charles Gibson" aired exclusive footage of the troop surge in Iraq from British photographer Sean Smith, we received an extraordinary response on this Web site.
The footage provided an unfiltered look at the front lines of the surge.
In one instance, troops are seen watching a Bradley armored vehicle blown up by an improvised explosive device as six American soldiers died inside.
Members of Apache Company were called to help. There was nothing they could do. (Click on the video player in the right hand side of this page to watch the report.)
Apache Company was sent to Iraq in June 2006 for a 12-month rotation, which has since been extended to a 15-month tour. The soldiers are seen speaking openly about the effects of the endless combat and the grueling daily routine.
"We got grenades going off, we've got an IED blowing up your vehicle … and then, you are expected to go back in those four to six, four to five hours … and relax!" said Cpl. Joshua Lake, 2nd Infantry Division. "You just don't have time to do it. Your body never gets to come down. You're always on that heightened sense of alertness."
Until Monday night's report, Lake's mother had not heard her son's voice in a month.
"He's up for hours at a time. He can't sleep because his body is so tense when he comes back, and you know there's no way of laying down," Debbie Lake-McMahon told ABC News. "He said that he lays there and his body just trembles."
We also received hundreds of e-mails from viewers, including one who said the report was "so disturbing that I had nightmares after what I saw."
For another, the nightmare is real.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

63 pct say Clinton will win US presidency

Nearly two-thirds of voters think Hillary Clinton will become the first female US president if she wins the Democratic nomination, according to a poll out Thursday.
The CBS News/New York Times poll showed 63 percent of people think the former first lady would likely or very likely win. Even among Republicans registered to vote, 53 percent thought so, as did 77 percent of Democrats.
And among men, 59 percent said she was likely to win, as did 65 percent of women, reflecting a gender gap in which more women have positive opinions about Clinton than do men in most of the survey questions.
Clinton still leads the Democratic pack, according to the poll, with a 43-24 percent lead over fellow Senator Barack Obama. Former senator John Edwards is a distant third at 16 percent.
Among Republicans, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is the front-runner, with 33 percent preference among registered voters.
He is followed by Fred Thompson -- who has not declared a candidacy -- in second place with 25 percent and Senator John McCain, with campaign money and staff troubles, holding 15 percent. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had eight percent support.
Those standings can change in the long trek toward Election Day in November 2008.
The July 9-17 telephone poll of 1,554 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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