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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