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Lamont

If you asked me three weeks ago who Ned Lamont is I wouldn’t have an answer to save my life. But in the last week or so it seems like the Democratic challenger for Joe Lieberman’s CT senate seat has been all over the blogosphere and talk radio. Basically, Lieberman is a closet Republican who needs to either switch parties or retire from the Senate. He sides with the president on far too many issues and refuses to denounce the war despite it’s obvious mishandlings. The closer we get to the CT primaries the more democrats rebel against Lieberman.

Lieberman became Obama’s mentor when Obama was sworn into the Senate in 2005. They stayed close at Thursday night’s event, too, entering the room together and working the crowd in tandem.

Despite the camaraderie between the two, the crowd was clearly more receptive to Obama’s remarks than Lieberman’s speech about party unity and the potential for Democratic victories at the ballot box this fall.

In fact, scattered boos greeted Lieberman when he took the podium, and he had to stop three times during his remarks to shush the crowd so he could deliver key points.

Is it possible for Lamont to beat a powerful, well funded incumbent in a primary? Not likely. But there is a chance. I gave $10 to the Ned Lamont campaign and signed up to host a house party for him. If you care about establishing a democratic majority as strong as the current republican majority then join me in slowing Lieberman’s “Joementum” and volunteer for the Lamont campaign.

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March 30, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

They Deserve Better

Army bans use of privately-bought body armor
By Chris Casey

Since the beginning of the war on terror, frightening reports of inadequate body armor and low-tech weapons have trickled from the front lines to the front page of news organizations all over the country. Families have been forced to raise money on their own just to buy body armor and advanced munitions accessories for their relatives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Well Thursday the pentagon put an end to that problem not by ensuring that every soldier in properly equipped but by outlawing the use of “non-official” gear.

WASHINGTON – Soldiers will no longer be allowed to wear body armor other than the protective gear issued by the military, Army officials said Thursday, the latest twist in a running battle over the equipment the Pentagon gives its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I get that it isn’t fair that some people get fancy armor with cool features like “stopping bullets” and others are stuck with a few layers of corrugated cardboard wrapped in vinyl but the answer is not to lower everybody down to the weakest leak of official-issue gear. Perhaps the government should use the $21.3 million it spent on hiring mercenaries to buy effective body army for the patriots that are working not for the money (paid mercenaries get $1,000 per day) but for the love of their country. Until then we should allow their concerned families to send them effective armor.

March 30, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Jill Carroll Set Free

Iraqi insergents set US journalist free for no reason
By Chris Casey

You know how I know the US negotiated with the terrorists for the freedom of Jill Carroll? Because they denied it.

No involvement from military
In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said the U.S. military was not involved in Carroll’s release.

Meanwhile, German authorities said Thursday they arrested a man who is accused of trying to extort $2 million from the Christian Science Monitor by promising to win Carroll’s release.

A U.S. arrest warrant and FBI affidavit made public Thursday by federal prosecutors in Washington said that Kelvin Kamara, a west African native living in Germany, struck up an e-mail exchange with a Monitor editor in Washington little more than a month after Carroll’s abduction in early January. Kamara, calling himself Saidu Mohammed, said he knew who was holding Carroll and could arrange her freedom in exchange for the payment, the FBI affidavit said.

In either case I am glad Ms. Carroll has been let free and is unharmed.

March 30, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Cleaning House or Shuffling Dirt?

Card out Bolton in
By Chris Casey

Many have been predicting the resignation of Andrew Card for a long time now. After all, he has served longer than almost any chief of staff in history. But we thought when he resigned Bush would use it as an excuse to bring in some fresh blood. Instead he was replaced by the former deputy chief of staff under Card in Bush’s first term.

March 28, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Atrios on the West WIng

One small step for Bloggers, One giant leap for… also Bloggers

Blogs are being taken more and more seriously. The gold standard of being taken seriously, in my opinion, is being mentioned on the West Wing. And even though it was done in a bit of a degrading manner, fellow blogger Atrios was mentioned as a blog with “more readers that the Philadelphia Enquirer”. Hurray!

March 26, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Rally

Anti-Imigration Reform Rally held in CA

PHOENIX – Thousands of immigrant rights supporters filled a major Phoenix thoroughfare Friday as they marched toward the office of U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl in a rally call for a more humane reform of immigration laws.

“They’re here for the American Dream,” said Malissa Greer, 29, who joined the crowd estimate by police to be at least 10,000 strong. “God created all of us. He’s not a God of the United States, he’s a God of the world.”

Lawmakers have been considering bills that, among other things, would make it a felony to be illegally in the United States, impose new penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants and erect fences along one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border.
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March 25, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Raising the Debt Limit

The United States Senate has voted to increase our debt limit by $781 billion. Doesn’t the American balance of power only function by Congress being an impediment to the presidential administration’s free reign?

I am sick of Congressmen claiming they disagree with the direction of the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq and of cutting taxes yet drastically increasing federal spending. If that’s how they feel, they should exercise their Constitutional power to cut off the funds he needs to continue his misdirected policies. Only 36% of Americans think Bush is doing a good job. But why should he listen to the poll numbers when no one is holding him accountable for his actions?

The Democrats did the right thing; they all voted against this measure. What about Republicans, though, who are growing ever conscious of the effect the Bush administration’s mismanagement will have on their re-election campaigns.

Too much is at stake here! Granted, not raising the debt limit could have had catastrophic consequences — but could they really be any worse than showing the president that he needs to be fiscally responsible?

I agree with Harry Reid when he told The New York Times,

“Any objective analysis of our country’s fiscal history would have to conclude this administration and this rubberstamping Republican Congress are the most fiscally irresponsible in the history of our country,” Mr. Reid said. “In fact, no other president or Congress even comes close.”

But how good is complaining about it when nothing changes?

The Republicans supporters try to paint the picture that not increasing the debt limit would cause crisis. They fail to acknowledge that fiscal responsibility also sometimes includes increasing taxes, especially on their Big Business buddies that can afford it.

If our budget deficit and debt continue to grow at their current rate, our next big national security crisis won’t be ports in Dubai or nuclear weapons in Iran. Instead we’ll be fearing incredible currency instability as the dollar is increasingly supported by Chinese bond buyers. Scary.

March 22, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Denial?

‘Strategy is working,’ president says on three-year anniversary of war
By Chris Casey

It seams like Bush is the only one in the country still trying to convince us that the war is going well.

CLEVELAND – President Bush on Monday cited progress in stabilizing an insurgent stronghold in northern Iraq, saying he has “confidence in our strategy” and critics should look beyond the images of violence to see clear signs of progress. (more)

March 20, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Murtha Calls for Rumsfeld’s Resignation

Rep. Jack Murtha tells NBC’s Tim Russert that Rumsfeld Should Resign

MR. RUSSERT: The president picks up the phone and calls you up, and says “Jack, come on down. You voted for this war, you now think it was a mistake, but we’re in a fix. And if I get out right away, we could leave behind a civil war, we could leave behind a haven for terrorism. Tell me specifically Mr. Murtha, what should I do today?”

REP. MURTHA: Here, here’s what you should do, Mr. President. First of all, you should fire all the people who are responsible for that, which gives you international credibility.

MR. RUSSERT: Including his secretary of defense?

REP. MURTHA: Well, he, he should—well, let’s say he should offer his resignation, because he certainly…

MR. RUSSERT: And it’s sure to be accepted?

REP. MURTHA: I would accept it, that’s exactly right.

(full transcript)

March 19, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

“Trapped In The Closet” maybe trapped forever

By Chris Casey

A war between nutty Hollywood religion, Scientology, and the creators of Comedy Central’s hit animated series, South Park, rages on. The episode entitled “Trapped in the Closet” which sparked the war, aired late last year and became an instant South Park classic. The Scientologists are up in arms now, demanding Comedy Central (a Viacom company) pull the episode permanently. They crazies won the first battle when Isaac Hayes (the voice of Chef and practicing Scientologist) up and quit last week. Obviously the Scientologists are not concerned too much with their public image because generally people who whine and complain about being the subject of parody are labeled asshole’s who cant take a joke.

The creators of the series issued the below statement to the Daily Variety magazine:

So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!

-Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu

The National Report Endorses Trey and Matt on this issue

March 19, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment