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Out Of Context: Lamont Campaign Responds to Lieberman’s Attack Ad

This is the body of an email I just recieved from the Lamont Campaign:

This past weekend, as we reflected on the sacrifices made by American service members and their families during wars past and present, Senator Lieberman launched a full-run of television attack ads against Ned Lamont. Just like President Bush did to John Kerry in 2004, the ads are so devoid of context they would make Karl Rove blush. And while their content is highly suspect, the money paying for them is undeniable. This election cycle, Senator Lieberman is the U.S. Senate's top recipient of campaign contributions from the defense industry, second largest recipient of pharmaceutical manufacturer donations, and has collected over $1 million from political action committees. From now until the end of the campaign, every time you see a Joe Lieberman advertisement, flier, bumper sticker or button, you know who's paying for it.

…Lieberman's ad claimed Ned voted against cleaning asbestos out of a local public school. But what the ad didn't say was that it was part of a larger $45 million appropriation of which less than 5% was slated for asbestos removal. Those bills are all-or-nothing, and Ned thought a good amount of the spending in the bill was unnecessary, so he voted the whole thing down. It's the same kind of attack President Bush launched when he screamed over and over that John Kerry voted against the now infamous $87 billion to provide troops with body armor. That vote too was part of a much larger spending bill that resulted in billions of wasted dollars. Senator Lieberman has always been too close for comfort with President Bush on issues like Iraq, Social Security, and the current energy policy, but who knew they have been trading advice on campaign tactics during their time together. We need your help to fight back.

Sincerely,

Tom Swan
Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate

If you havn't seen the attack ad yet watch it now!

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06, The Progressive Movement | 4 Comments

Author of Fake Iran Story Invited to White House as Iraq â€˜Expert’

President Bush met yesterday with a small group of what the White House described as “experts” on Iraq, a meeting most notable for its inclusion of Amir Taheri. Taheri wrote the recent op-ed piece in a Canadian newspaper claiming that Iran was passing a law forcing Jews, Christians, and other religious minorities to wear yellow stripes in public. The fact that the story was quickly exposed as deliberately inflammatory fiction apparently hasn’t affected the Bush administration’s opinion of Taheri.

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Culture of Corruption | Leave a comment

Iraq Insurgent Attacks at Highest Level in 2 Years

Attacks by insurgents in Iraq are being launched with the greatest frequency since military commanders began tracking them two years ago, the Pentagon reported yesterday in its quarterly report to Congress. From February 11 to May 12, insurgents are said to have staged an average of 600 attacks every week, up from about 400 attacks a week in the spring of 2004. Though U.S. officials still insist the installation of a new government marks a turning point in ending the sectarian violence, Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s rhetoric is only growing more warlike, as he vows to use an “iron fist” to crush the resistance in Basra.

I thought the insurgency was "in it's last throws".

May 31, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | 1 Comment

More Gore

Gore is still being ambiguous about his feelins on running for president in 2008. Many believe that he is waiting to be the candidate that has such a buzz of support that he has no choice but to succumb to the will of the people and be carried to the convention on their soldiers. That’s what I think or at least its what I hope.

In 2000 Gore was a stuffy character who was too easy to make fun of. Now, older and wiser, I truly believe Gore is ready to be the maverick candidate we all want him to be. He is already speaking his mind to Philadelphia's City Paper and to The Guardian:

In an interview with the Guardian today, the former vice-president calls himself a "recovering politician", but launches into the political fray more explicitly than he has previously done during his high-profile campaigning on the threat of global warming.

Denying that his politics have shifted to the left since he lost the court battle for the 2000 election, Mr Gore says: "If you have a renegade band of rightwing extremists who get hold of power, the whole thing goes to the right."

That's the kind of candid talk the Democrats need in '08. Someone who's willing to stand up and say 'Americans are Democrats when it comes to the issues that matter and don't let anyone convince you that just because I care about the environment that I'm out of touch with the country.'

I'm convinced that candidate is Al Gore.

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Decision '08, The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Bush finaly comments on war crime allegations

First Hurricane Katrina, now this. How many times will we learn that the media knew about national catastrophes and scandals before the president did? Bush is actually hiding behind his stupidity and using it as an excuse for learning first from a Time Magazine reporter about the alleged incident in November of last year of the massacre of Iraqi civilians. He commented today for the first time since the Time article:

President Bush said Wednesday he was troubled by allegations that U.S. Marines had killed unarmed Iraqi civilians and that, “if in fact laws were broken, there will be punishment."

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Culture of Corruption, National Defence | 2 Comments

Violent Video Game with Religious Slant

A new video game based on the novel series "Left Behind" is not even released and already making headlines. Why? Because of it's sickening nature. The game is similar to last year's most popular game, "Grand Theft Auto" but instead of working as a criminal you are working for God. Your task: to convert all the "non-believers" or kill them. We have yet to hear a response from the Christian church but the author of the book issued a statement which essentially shifted the blame to the video game producers.

May 31, 2006 Posted by | America's Youth, Technology | 3 Comments

Rice: no talks untill Iran haults nuclear program.

The United States will join multilateral talks with Iran on its nuclear program once Iran suspends disputed nuclear activities, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday.

Is that ever going to happen?  Whats the solution? I just don't know. 

May 31, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | 3 Comments

Paulson: Another “Yes Man” Appointee

Bush nominated Henry M. Paulson to replace John W. Snow as Secretary of the U.S. Tresury department yesterday.  If confirmed, Paulson would join the ranks of "yes men" currently serving in the Bush adminstration. Oh, didn't you hear?  According to Paulson all of Bush's econmic plans are working fine.  

 Just what we need, a Wallstreet bigshot with no independent voice.  

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Business and Economy | 1 Comment

In The News – May 31 2006

Dozier 'doin as well s expected'
CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier was "doing as well as can be expected" a day after being critically wounded in a roadside bomb attack that killed two colleagues, according to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. more…

FBI's shovels are empty in Hoffa hunt
They threw everything they had at the search — anthropologists, archaeologists, forensic experts, cadaver dogs, a demolition company even razed a horse barn — but after two weeks of digging, the FBI announced Tuesday it had found only a beer can in its futile search for Jimmy Hoffa. more…

D.C. corruption probe heats up
June 5, 2006 issue – During World War II, the Royal Hawaiian, a grand pink palace on Waikiki Beach, was reserved mainly for officers and men in the U.S. Navy's Submarine Service. It was understood that the sailors who took the greatest risks—about a quarter of the submariners never came back—deserved to be pampered while they waited to go back out on war patrols. More recently, the most frequent guest in the Royal Hawaiian's tony King Kamehameha Suite was a man with close ties to the military who also took risks, though of a different kind. more…

Justice makes concession in Jefferson raid
Justice Department lawyers said today it will make another concession to Congressman William Jefferson, D-LA, in the fight over the search of Jefferson's Capitol Hill office. more…

Muhammad found guilty in second sniper trial
John Allen Muhammad was convicted of six of the Washington-area sniper killings Tuesday after the prosecution’s star witness, Muhammad’s young protégé, portrayed him as the mastermind of an audacious terror scheme in which phase two would have been bombings against children. more…

U.S. joins relief effort after Indonesia quake
U.S. Marines joined an international effort Tuesday to deliver aid and medical equipment to some 200,000 Indonesians left homeless by a devastating earthquake, as hopes faded of finding more survivors. more…

May 31, 2006 Posted by | In The News | Leave a comment

All Men are Created Equal… Unless They Work for the Government

Thanks to the new Bush appointments to the Supreme Court, Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, government employees are no longer granted the right to free speech.

The Supreme Court declared today, in a ruling affecting millions of government employees, that the Constitution does not always protect their free-speech rights for what they say on the job.

For years the truth of scandals and cover-ups have been leaked by public officials to the people of this country through the news media. Between illegal wire taps and restricted public workers a corrupt government (God forbid we have it one day) could get away with anything.

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Civil Liberties | 2 Comments