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» Friday, September 30, 2005

DEFCON America

Fighting Ignorance !
DefConWASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- More than a dozen of the nation's leading scientists, legal scholars and clergy today announced the formation of the Campaign to Defend the Constitution (DefCon), an online grassroots movement to combat the threat posed by the religious right to American democracy, public education and scientific leadership.

In its first action, the Campaign organized leading scientists and clergy to write jointly to the nation's governors asking them to protect science education and to oppose inclusion of intelligent design in science curricula. The letter was signed by over 100 clergy, led by Rev. James Forbes of the Riverside Church in New York and Rev. Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance. Nearly 100 scientists joined them, including a half- dozen Nobel laureates -- Peter Agre, M.D., Paul Berg, Mike Bishop, M.D., Gunter Blobel, M.D., J. Robert Horvitz, and Harold Varmus, M.D.

The Campaign -- whose website is -- also released its first "DefCon Alert" -- on the top ten "Islands of Ignorance" around the country where science education is under attack -- and launched a petition drive to the nation's governors to defend the teaching of evolution. The report's release coincides with the start this week of the trial in Dover, PA regarding a school board mandate to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution.

With a significant online advertising program and plans to run TV and print ads attacking the religious right, the Campaign is positioned to become a leading voice in efforts to curb the growing political influence of leaders of the religious right from Tony Perkins to James Dobson and Pat Robertson.


Teach Science, Not Ideology

Stop the religious right's attack on science. Tell your governor that intelligent design is nothing more than creationism dressed up as pseudo-science. We owe it to our children to teach evolution in science classes.

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Defend the Constitution :: About DEFCON

The Campaign to Defend the Constitution combats the urgent threat posed by the growing influence of the religious right over American democracy. Join the fight today! Sign up to be a Defender.

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» Thursday, September 29, 2005

DeLay DeThroned

Mission Accomplished!
Ohio Going DemocraticWhat was it a few years ago that "red" represented to the world.   All manner of things that did not represent the way Americans wanted to be viewed.   Corruption and power hungry militarism.   Horrible human rights violations.   Cronyism at every level of government.   I think you know where I am going with this.   The Bush Administration, plagued with ever expanding scandals is hemmoraging and it is not representative of the "True Blue American Way".   On an earlier webpage I compiled a list of sites that opposed the corruption that Tom DeLay represents in todays Republican Party.   I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the major players in the detailing of these facts.     - fc

Democratic National CommitteeDeLay Indictment Underscores Rampant Culture of Corruption

Common Cause • 9.28.05

The events of the past month have shaken our faith in government, and its ability to respond in fundamental ways. Today's indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and the ethical cloud hanging over Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and others reinforce in the strongest possible way the need for fundamental reform and a new respect for ethics in government.

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DeLay's House of ScandalTom DeLay's House of Scandal

DeLay Indicted • 9.28.05

House Majority Leader DeLay today was indicted by a Texas grand jury along with two political associates on charges of conspiring to make a political contribution in violation of Texas state law to help elect a Republican majority in the Texas House of Representatives. An attorney for DeLay said John Colyandro, the former executive director of a state PAC, and Jim Ellis, who heads DeLay's national political committee, also were indicted. In a statement issued this afternoon, DeLay said he would "temporarily step aside from my position as majority leader.

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Public CitizenUnethical Behavior: A look at Tom DeLay's ethics problems, the House's 'neutered' ethics committee and the government ethics community's fight to clean up Congress.

Undemocratic Leadership: A review of DeLay's authoritarian leadership, under which open debate has been dramatically reduced, alternative proposals are routinely denied a vote and the ability to offer amendments has been sharply curtailed.

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Media Matters Media Matters for America has closely monitored news coverage of ethics allegations surrounding House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). Much of the news media have uncritically repeated DeLay's insistence that the charges against him are a conspiracy by Democrats, George Soros, and the "liberal media," while failing to note that many Republicans and conservative media outlets have also criticized DeLay. The media have also proved to be quite willing to repeat baseless charges by DeLay and his defenders that Ronnie Earle, the Travis County, Texas, district attorney who has indicted three former DeLay aides, is engaged in a partisan witch hunt without also noting that Earle has prosecuted many more Democrats than Republicans during his career.

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Think ProgressDeLay Helps Earle Establish Motive

Either Tom DeLay isn't taking Dick DeGuerin's advice, or he needs to start scouring the yellow pages for a new lawyer.

Here's what DeLay said last night in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity:
  • Ronnie Earle has established no intent, no motive to commit a crime.
But only minutes earlier, DeLay did a pretty good job establishing motive:
  • So we had an opportunity in 2002. I wanted to redistrict the congressional seats, so I wanted to make sure and help gain a majority in the Texas House. So I came up with this idea to form a political action committee to raise money to get into state representative races so that we could win seats.
  • We were successful. And after that, we were successful in a congressional redistricting to the tune of gaining five Republican seats and more fairly represent the values of the people of Texas.
I'm sure Earle appreciates the help.

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Daily Delay :: the blogDaily DeLay :: the blog

Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) gives back $15K ARMPAC money

Is this the beginning of a stampede? Should members be pressed to give DeLay's money? That's 225 of them. Wow.

UPDATE: with the same question.

UPDATE 2: You can also put pressure on members of Congress to call on DeLay to resign by signing this petition. 36,277 have signed. Download your own button for your site from the right side, and link it to

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» Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dean Meets With Cindy

DNC Chairman Supports Cindy Sheehan!
Democratic National CommitteeGo Howard.   It's about time our leadership faces the fact that it is going to take a firm stance against this war in Iraq to make a difference.   The Anti-War Protest in D.C. was a very important step but it is only one step in a process.   A process that will confront the war mongers and make them realise that the whole country opposes this war and that the Democrats are the ones who are standing up and saying No To Bush.   Howard Dean can hopefully inspire courage from the rank and file and bring them onboard this massive effort in front of us.   - fc

Democratic National CommitteeMeeting with Cindy Sheehan

Posted by Howard Dean on September 27, 2005 at 06:06 PM

I met with Cindy Sheehan and three activist supporters here in my office at the DNC (two of whom were involved in the Presidential race) on Saturday after the rally. Some of you have met her, but for those who have not, I thought I would share my impressions.

She is a delightful person. She had not a drop of holier than thou zealotry. She is unpretentious and very clear. All this I expected, given the terrible sacrifice she has made, and her willingness to speak out.

What I was surprised at was her ability to be so comfortable in her own skin. After she became a phenomenon in Crawford, the Republican spin team realized she was a real threat. Cindy Sheehan, made a tremendous personal sacrifice. A sacrifice being made by too many American families who have had loved ones killed or maimed in this war.

Cindy has credibility the Administration does not have. Even the President tried to diminish her by saying that she did not believe in fighting terrorism. His minions, of course, did much worse, trying to make out that she was a media savvy manipulator -- and even spreading false rumors that she was anti-Semitic.

No one is untouched in the face of personal attack, but Cindy exudes an inner calm and a self-confidence which made it clear to me that she will not back down. I respect and support what she is doing in standing up and speaking out.

Whether you think the Iraq war is a good idea or not, all of us should support Cindy Sheehan. Perhaps the grossest disservice the Republican leadership has inflicted on our country is not the war, the huge deficits, or even the divisive appeals to the worst fears of voters. Rather it is the notion that it is unpatriotic to disagree with the most partisan President in our life time, and that dissent harms our country. Nothing could be farther from the truth -- we are a strong country because we have the right to dissent.

In fact it is the attempts of the Administration to fight dissent with personal attacks as they did during the Nixon era are that diminish our country in the long term.

Cindy Sheehan is honest in the face of a dishonest and corrupt Washington culture. She is plain spoken in an era of cynicism and propaganda, she in committed and idealistic in a time where our government has abandoned what is right for America in favor of what is right for the Republican party. We need more Cindy Sheehans.

Meeting with Cindy Sheehan by Howard Dean
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» Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Independent Katrina Commission

Slaughter's Discharge Petition
Katrina CommissionThe Independent Katrina Commission Discharge Petition!

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter has announced a Discharge Petition, which if successful, will force the Congress to debate and vote, up or down, the formation of an Independent Katrina Commission. This is a necessary step in our quest to investigate the woefully inadequate preparation and response to the horrible disaster on America’s Gulf Coast.

In order for the Discharge Petition to take effect and force a vote, half of Congress (218 Members) must sign on. That’s a tall order to fill, especially when you consider all that the obstructionist Republican Leadership has done to block our efforts. But even they can’t stop a Discharge Petition. It truly is our silver legislative bullet.

If Louise is to gather the required signatures, she will need our help. Please sign up as a Citizen Co-Signer, and she’ll keep you updated on our success and other ways you can help.

I’m signing up as a Citizen Co-Signer of the Discharge Petition because we need an Independent Katrina Commission modeled after the 9/11 Commission. With the obstructionist Republican Leadership in control, the Discharge Petition may be our only hope of bringing accountability and truth to our nation's capitol.
Sign The Petition!
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» Monday, September 26, 2005

Cindy Sheehan Arrested

The Demonstrations Continue in D.C.
cindyarrest Shakespeares Sister has the initial details of what happened today as well as a link to the event on Saturday.

Cindy Sheehan Arrested :: Yahoo

Bare Knuckles Politics :: Video

truthout :: link

Since being there Saturday, I understand the feelings involved with Cindy Sheehan and her actions today.   The trip was hard on me because of health issues but I am glad I went.   I am still working on a post of our day but this was worth posting the merits of further non-violent protests of which this escalates the playing field.   More thoughts when I get my perspective of Saturday's events on a seperate post. For now the focus on Cindy may take the next step and it is important for everyone stay focused on the issues the country wants dealt with.   Stop this war and bring the troops home.   - fc
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Washington D.C :: Sept. 24th 2005

fc in D.C.
Cindy - JesseMy wife and I endured to maintain a presence in Washington D.C. on Saturday, September 24th 2005.   It started as an experience in handicapped access.   Due to a health problem I am unstable on my feet for anything but short term activity.   Being able to manuver the chair when I really have to is an option that truely handicapped people do not have the luxury of.   I was one of many on the Metro who were navigating by themselves and several with friends of families.   Our journey began with a trip in a shuttle from the hotel acompanied to our joy was a middle aged couple from Tuscon Arizona.   We had managed to load the chair and were just about to leave when an elderly looking gray haired man with a long salt-pepper beard came out accompanied by his wife.   A beautiful start to a beautiful day.   We had plenty of time to get to know each other due to having an hour to hour and a quarter delay because one of the two lines into DC from Reagan National Airport was down.   Upon finally getting on the Metro (a first for me or my wife) there were three ladies dressed in solid pink.   Being packed in like sardines I was positioned face to face with one and she smiled when she saw my custom airbrushed t-shirt that said: "END The WAR IN IRAQ" overlayed on an American Flag.   I kinda boldly asked her if she was with "Code Pink" and she said that she was.   We were acompanied by a whole group of helpful people for the trek down from the National Archives to Constitutional Ave and onward to the Washington Monument.  
Poster Thumb
fc monument
The Washington Monument behind where we camped...
She caught the fat boy talkin' to somebody.
The sign from behind. Once the crowd got so thick about 12 noon I ended up rolling the chair myself until I got to the perimeter and we kinda homesteaded the spot. This was where the beginning of the March was supposed to start. As you can tell from the shot below, the crowd stretched out of sight down Constitution Ave. People passed in front of us for hours...
ww2 vet
The WWII Vet who sat beside us most of the day. He like everyone else kinda wandered around but eventually landed close to us. One of the Indy News Ladies did an interview with him. She took a few seconds of video of my sign.
WWII vet
WWII Vet getting ready for his interview...
granny - Impeach Bush
Granny with an "Impeach Bush" sign. She was back and forth all day... lol... She was cool...
DC March
Guy on a telco service box took this for us. The WWII Vet's "Peace" sign in the bottom left corner. He had finally set up camp for the duration. We were just out of the frame on the left.
War Dead
These folks had a page in their line for all the war dead. It was a very long line... sigh...
cofins wh
The procession of coffins with the White House in the background...
Worst Disaster
This lady came over and commented on my sign... Bush is the Worst Disaster in American History... She was not bashful about it either... lol...
The big tent was the ANSWER pavilion...

- fc
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» Wednesday, September 21, 2005

National I.D. Cards

Just Say NO!
John Conyers Jr. opposes the creation of a national ID card because it will mean thousands of poor people in this country will not be able to vote.   The simple fact is that many minority and poor voters do not have the time, money or need to purchase a drivers license. In fact, over ten percent of eligible voters in the last election did not have a photo ID. They vote by presenting other means of identification, e.g. a voter registration card, utility bill, or affidavit.   The implausible claim is made that Congress will pay for ID cards for those who cannot afford to buy them.   Yet, given the shortfalls in funding and implementation of HAVA-mandated election resources, combined with the multibillion-dollar costs for restoration of the Gulf Coast and the ongoing war in Iraq, we know this is not going to happen.   Please help him get the message out that these cards are not necessary to vote.   Regards - fc

Conyers' Letter to Congressional Leadership
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» Monday, September 19, 2005


Blogosphere is here to Help
Truth Laid Bear :: Porkbusters

SO THE EARLIER PORK POST -- in which various bloggers posted and emailed about pork in their states -- looked kind of promising, and N.Z. Bear and I got together to figure out a way to take it up a notch.

How are we going to mobilize the blogosphere in support of cuts in wasteful spending to support Katrina relief? Here's the plan.

Identify some wasteful spending in your state or (even better) Congressional District. Put up a blog post on it. Go to N.Z. Bear's new PorkBusters page and list the pork, and add a link to your post.

Then call your Senators and Representative and ask them if they're willing to support having that program cut or -- failing that -- what else they're willing to cut in order to fund Katrina relief. (Be polite, identify yourself as a local blogger and let them know you're going to post the response on your blog). Post the results. Then go back to NZ Bear's page and post a link to your followup blog post.

The result should be a pretty good resource of dubious spending, and Congressional comments thereon, for review by blogs, members of the media, etc. And maybe even members of Congress looking for wasteful spending . . . .

Washington Times

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.

Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add to this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn't seem possible.

I think this is a really good idea, especially since DeLay thinks it is not possible.   As an Adorable Little Rodent in The Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem I am proud to help bear the truth and pork...   - fc
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» Sunday, September 18, 2005

Look of Desperation

A Desperate Man, A Desperate Administration
Is he worried about the dead and dying in the streets of NOLA?   Or worried he didn't get to finish his vacation.   If he cared about the people of NOLA, he didn't show it the day this photo was taken.   The bureaucracy he spoke so often about was getting in the way of saving peoples lives.   He only made it worse.   After days and days of saying help was on the way, it was still 3 days after this picture before it finally started arriving in NOLA.   The man who had made such a big deal of keeping us safe after 9-11 showed his true face to the american public.   It was not a man who cared for people but a man who was fighting a losing battle to keep his poll numbers from falling even more than they had after his handling of Cindy Sheehan and the war in Iraq.   Actually it was more of a matter of not dealing with Sheehan and not dealing with the reality that his administration was in deep trouble.   Americans have always had a deep desire to trust their president to do what is best for America.   George W. Bush has shaken that trust and that precept may never be held as hallowed ground again until they prove it with actions and not just empty rethoric.
Torture, Treason, Corruption, Lies and Incompetence ...
By their works you shall know... The Republicans 2000 - 2008

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» Friday, September 16, 2005

Diebold Insider Speaks!

Issue was known before the Elections 2004
Just as many have suspected, the "Vote" in 2004 may very well have been controlled by manipulation of the computer programs in the Diebold machines.   BradBlog has details from an insider that the security problems were known by CERT, a division of Homeland Security... before the elections.   With all the current focus on Katrina and other Bush Administration corruption, it is likely that this will go well under the radar.   We need to make sure that does not happen.   Contact your representatives and let them know this needs to be a major focus.   A paper trail from electronic vote tabulators is a must.   Regards - fc

Call Your Representatives - Ask for a paper trail
Diebold Insider Speaks!

In exclusive stunning admissions to The BRAD BLOG some 11 months after the 2004 Presidential Election, a "Diebold Insider" is now finally speaking out for the first time about the alarming security flaws within Diebold, Inc's electronic voting systems, software and machinery. The source is acknowledging that the company's "upper management" -- as well as "top government officials" -- were keenly aware of the "undocumented backdoor" in Diebold's main "GEM Central Tabulator" software well prior to the 2004 election. A branch of the Federal Government even posted a security warning on the Internet.

Pointing to a little-noticed "Cyber Security Alert" issued by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the source inside Diebold -- who "for the time being" is requesting anonymity due to a continuing sensitive relationship with the company -- is charging that Diebold's technicians, including at least one of its lead programmers, knew about the security flaw and that the company instructed them to keep quiet about it.

"Diebold threatened violators with immediate dismissal," the insider, who we'll call DIEB-THROAT, explained recently to The BRAD BLOG via email. "In 2005, after one newly hired member of Diebold's technical staff pointed out the security flaw, he was criticized and isolated."

In phone interviews, DIEB-THROAT confirmed that the matters were well known within the company, but that a "culture of fear" had been developed to assure that employees, including technicians, vendors and programmers kept those issues to themselves.

The "Cyber Security Alert" from US-CERT was issued in late August of 2004 and is still available online via the US-CERT website. The alert warns that "A vulnerability exists due to an undocumented backdoor account, which could [sic: allow] a local or remote authenticated malicious user [sic: to] modify votes."

A vulnerability exists due to an undocumented backdoor account, which could a local or remote authenticated malicious user modify votes.

No workaround or patch available at time of publishing.

We are not aware of any exploits for this vulnerability.

Cyber Security Bulletin SB04-252   Third listing from the top

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» Thursday, September 15, 2005

Dirty Bomb 54

Republicans Investigating Republicans... Yeah Right...
Why is this no surprise.   Because the corruption poisoning America is not just coming from the White House.   It is endemic of the entire political arena in Washington D.C. and many state legislatures.   Accountability is not just a buzz word, frame or loaded political concept.   It is a basis for the freedom we all hold as self evident.   Accountability starts with You and Me.   Pick up that phone.   Fire up the email.   Don't just vote every four years.   Do your part.   Our country depends on it.   Regards - fc

Call the US Senate - Ask GOP Senators why they hate America?
AMERICA blog article :: link
  Complete list of the 54 Senators

The 54 Republican Senators who don't want learn from our mistakes, are going to give you a bunch of BS about how they ARE in favor of an investigation - an investigation run by the Congress itself, an investigation where the investigating committee will be made up of a majority of REPUBLICAN congressmen. Yes, they want a PARTISAN investigation of one of the largest disasters in American history. The Dirty Bomb 54 don't want the truth, they want a whitewash. They don't want to protect America against Al Qaeda, they want to play politics with our lives.

Call Your Senator

Southern Ohio, Western West Virginia and Northeast Kentucky

DeWine, Mike- (R - OH) Class I 140 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2315 Web Form:

Voinovich, George- (R - OH) Class III 524 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3353 Web Form:

McConnell, Mitch- (R - KY) Class II 361-A RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2541 Web Form:

Bunning, Jim- (R - KY) Class III 316 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4343 Web Form:

AMERICA blog article :: link   Complete list of the 54 Senators

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» Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Chertoff Memo : Smoking Gun

Bush Power Play
Along with the Conyers Report, the Chertoff Memo establishes the foundation to understanding what the major problems were in not getting aid to the people of NOLA in a timely manner.   Now we will be able to ask the questions that will lead to the rest of the story.   Regards - fc

Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows
knight ridder article :: link

Chertoff's Aug. 30 memo for the first time declared Katrina an "Incident of National Significance," a key designation that triggers swift federal coordination. The following afternoon, Bush met with his Cabinet, then appeared before TV cameras in the White House Rose Garden to announce the government's planned action.

That same day, Aug. 31, the Department of Defense, whose troops and equipment are crucial in such large disasters, activated its Task Force Katrina. But active-duty troops didn't begin to arrive in large numbers along the Gulf Coast until Saturday.

White House and homeland security officials wouldn't explain why Chertoff waited some 36 hours to declare Katrina an incident of national significance and why he didn't immediately begin to direct the federal response from the moment on Aug. 27 when the National Hurricane Center predicted that Katrina would strike the Gulf Coast with catastrophic force in 48 hours. Nor would they explain why Bush felt the need to appoint a separate task force.

Chertoff's hesitation and Bush's creation of a task force both appear to contradict the National Response Plan and previous presidential directives that specify what the secretary of homeland security is assigned to do without further presidential orders. The goal of the National Response Plan is to provide a streamlined framework for swiftly delivering federal assistance when a disaster - caused by terrorists or Mother Nature - is too big for local officials to handle.

The Chertoff memo indicates that the response to Katrina wasn't left to disaster professionals, but was run out of the White House, said George Haddow, a former deputy chief of staff at FEMA during the Clinton administration and the co-author of an emergency management textbook.

"It shows that the president is running the disaster, the White House is running it as opposed to Brown or Chertoff," Haddow said. Brown "is a convenient fall guy. He's not the problem really. The problem is a system that was marginalized."

A former FEMA director under President Reagan expressed shock by the inaction that Chertoff's memo suggested. It showed that Chertoff "does not have a full appreciation for what the country is faced with - nor does anyone who waits that long," said Gen. Julius Becton Jr., who was FEMA director from 1985-1989.

Memo text

Designation of Principal Federal Official for Hurricane Katrina

As you know, the President has established the "White House Task Force on Hurricane Katrina Resopnse." He will meet with us tomorrow to launch this effort. The Department of Homeland Security, along with other Departments, will be part of the task force and will assist the Administration with its response to Hurricane Katrina.

memo :: link :: pdf file

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Conyers Report on Katrina

Blanco Not To Blame!
I figured it would take an act of congress and then some to finally get this information.   Once again John Conyers has come thru for the people of this country just as he stood up for us with the Downing Street Memo.   I have transcribed this press release from the pdf file that is available on his web site.   Thank You John Conyres   Regards - fc

Report Confirms Louisiana Took Necessary and Timely Steps

Pursuant to a September 7 request by Representative John Conyers to review the law and legal accountability relating to Federal action in response to Hurricane Katrina, the Congressional Research Sercvices (CRS) issued a report today about whether the Governor of Louisiana took the necessary and timely steps needed to secure disaster relief from the federal government. The report unequivocally conscludes that she did.

Congressman Conyers issued the following statement:

This report closes the book on the Bush Administration's attempts to evade accountability by shifting the blame to the Governor of Louisiana for the Administration's tragically sluggish response to Katrina. It confirms that the Governor did everything she could to secure relief for the people of Louisiana and the Bush Administration was caught napping at a critical time.

In addition to finding that "... it would appear that the Governor did take the steps necessary to request emergency and major disaster declarations for the State of Louisiana in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina (p11)" The report found that:

All necessary conditions for federal relief were met on August 28. Pursuant to Section 502 of the Stafford Act. "[t]he declaration of an emergency by the President makes Federal emergency assistance available," and the President made such a declaration on August 28. The public record indicates that several additional days passed before such assistance was actually made abailable to the State:

The Governeo must make a timely request for such assistance, which meets the requirements of federal law. The report states that "[e]xcept to the extent that an emergency involves primarily Federal interest, both declarations of major disaster and declarations of emergency must be triggerd by a request to the President from the Governor of the affected state".

The Governor did indeed make such a request, which was both timely and in compliance with federal law. The report finds that "Governor Kathleen Babineaus Blance requested by letter dated August 27, 2005 ... that the President declare an emergency for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina for time period from August 26, 2005 and continuing pursuant to [applicable Federal statute]" and "Governor Blanco's August 27, 2005 request for an emergency declaration also included her determination... that'the incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of disaster."

John Conyers :: press releases
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» Tuesday, September 13, 2005

How Dare They!

Katrina Money for Halliburton?
Public Campaign Action Fund has created this petition to bring attention to the fact that Bush and his cronies are more than willing to take advantage of the gulf coast disaster.   Why did Bush have to suspend the prevailing wage.   Why do not they put people of the area affected to work in rebuilding and restoration?   All they know is greed and power.   Take the time to sign this petition.   Regards - fc

Text of Petition

I am disturbed by news reports that companies are looking to profit from their political connections by getting no bid contracts in the Gulf Coast. The clean-up work and the reconstruction of New Orleans and other places destroyed by Katrina should be awarded to those well-qualified for the job, not those who are well-connected. I demand that you set up a competitive, but streamlined, bidding process that guarantees that the work gets done by professionals, not cronies.

How Dare They? :: petition
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» Monday, September 12, 2005

Impeach Bush Coalition

The Bulldog Manifesto :: Martian Anthropologist
Impeach Bush Coalition

The Bulldog Manifesto :: Martian Anthropologist have created a coalition of blogs in favor of the Impeachment of George W. Bush.   Torture, Treason, Corruption and Lies... By their works you shall know... The Republicans 2000 - 2008.   I stand with those who call for accountability.   Bush is not only the worst pResident, he and his cronies may be the most corrupt administration in the history of our country.   - fc

Impeach Bush Coalition :: link

The Bulldog Manefesto :: link

Martian Anthropologist :: link
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» Sunday, September 11, 2005

The Fovever War

9-11 :: Four Years Later
From a NY Times article :: link comes a very powerful look at where we are four years after 9-11-2001.   A long article but well worth the read.   - fc

Taking Stock of the Forever War


Published: September 11, 2005

Seldom has an image so clearly marked the turning of the world. One of man's mightiest structures collapses into an immense white blossom of churning, roiling dust, metamorphosing in 14 seconds from hundred-story giant of the earth into towering white plume reaching to heaven. The demise of the World Trade Center gave us an image as newborn to the world of sight as the mushroom cloud must have appeared to those who first cast eyes on it. I recall vividly the seconds flowing by as I sat gaping at the screen, uncomprehending and unbelieving, while Peter Jennings's urbane, perfectly modulated voice murmured calmly on about flights being grounded, leaving unacknowledged and unexplained - unconfirmed - the incomprehensible scene unfolding in real time before our eyes. "Hang on there a second," the famously unflappable Jennings finally stammered - the South Tower had by now vanished into a boiling caldron of white smoke - "I just want to check one thing. . .because. . .we now have.. . .What do we have? We don't. . .?" Marveling later that "the most powerful image was the one I actually didn't notice while it was occurring," Jennings would say simply that "it was beyond our imagination."

Looking back from this moment, precisely four years later, it still seems almost inconceivable that 10 men could have done that - could have brought those towers down. Could have imagined doing what was "beyond our imagination." When a few days later, the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen remarked that this was "the greatest work of art in the history of the cosmos," I shared the anger his words called forth but couldn't help sensing their bit of truth: "What happened there - spiritually - this jump out of security, out of the everyday, out of life, that happens sometimes poco a poco in art." No "little by little" here: however profoundly evil the art, the sheer immensity and inconceivability of the attack had forced Americans instantaneously to "jump out of security, out of the everyday, out of life" and had thrust them through a portal into a strange and terrifying new world, where the inconceivable, the unimaginable, had become brutally possible.


Four years after the collapse of the towers, evil is still with us and so is terrorism. Terrorists have staged spectacular attacks, killing thousands, in Tunisia, Bali, Mombasa, Riyadh, Istanbul, Casablanca, Jakarta, Madrid, Sharm el Sheik and London, to name only the best known. Last year, they mounted 651 "significant terrorist attacks," triple the year before and the highest since the State Department started gathering figures two decades ago. One hundred ninety-eight of these came in Iraq, Bush's "central front of the war on terror" - nine times the year before. And this does not include the hundreds of attacks on U.S. troops. It is in Iraq, which was to serve as the first step in the "democratization of the Middle East," that insurgents have taken terrorism to a new level, killing well over 4,000 people since April in Baghdad alone; in May, Iraq suffered 90 suicide-bombings. Perhaps the "shining example of democracy" that the administration promised will someday come, but for now Iraq has become a grotesque advertisement for the power and efficacy of terror.


Four years after we watched the towers fall, Americans have not succeeded in "ridding the world of evil." We have managed to show ourselves, our friends and most of all our enemies the limits of American power. Instead of fighting the real war that was thrust upon us on that incomprehensible morning four years ago, we stubbornly insisted on fighting a war of the imagination, an ideological struggle that we defined not by frankly appraising the real enemy before us but by focusing on the mirror of our own obsessions. And we have finished - as the escalating numbers of terrorist attacks, the grinding Iraq insurgency, the overstretched American military and the increasing political dissatisfaction at home show - by fighting precisely the kind of war they wanted us to fight.

Taking Stock of the Forever War :: link
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» Saturday, September 10, 2005

New America Initiative

John Edwards' Letter To Bush
Build a New America

Even in this horrible tragedy, we have an opportunity to make life better than it was for thousands of impoverished Americans along the Gulf Coast. Through our New America Initiative, the victims of this disaster would be given the opportunity to rebuild the neighborhoods and cities they lost, and they, in turn, will have a jobs to work, wages to earn, and the pride of feeling that their futures are in their own hands. Thank you for pledging your support for this crucial initiative.

John Edwards

President Bush,

The victims of Hurricane Katrina need the opportunity to rebuild their communities and to make life better than it was before.

Our New America Initiative would create such opportunity. Under the New America Initiative, our government would provide the victims of this disaster with the skills, materials, and planning they need to resurrect and revitalize their region, and they would in turn have good-paying jobs and the pride of knowing that their futures are in their own hands.

Please make the New America Initiative a priority as you plan for this region's future.

By giving those who have suffered a stake in the rebuilding process, we can restore hope to both the region and its people.

New America Initiative :: link
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» Thursday, September 08, 2005

Letters To Bush

Don't Blame the Victims, Get to Work
In the immediate days after Katrina, we saw the best of America as millions of people stepped forward to offer help. Meanwhile, the Bush administration failed at their most important job: keeping America safe. The federal effort was too little, too late and the fact that the White House would blame state and local officials after they had begged for help is appalling.

"President Bush should stop blaming the victims of Hurricane Katrina and get to work helping them."
from :


TO: President Bush
CC: (Your Representative and Senators)
FROM: (Your Name and Email)
SUBJECT: Stop Blaming the Victims, Help Them

Dear President Bush,

(Your personal note)

In the immediate days after Katrina, we saw the best of America as millions of people stepped forward to offer help. Meanwhile, your administration failed at its most important job: keeping America safe. The federal effort was too little, too late and the fact that you would blame state and local officials after they had begged for help is appalling.

You must stop blaming the victims and get to work helping them.

Don't Blame the Victims, Get to Work :: link

Don't You Dare
The republicans got sidetracked by Katrina. Not for long tho. A couple of weeks. They intend to keep pushing tax cuts for the wealthy while cutting programs for the poor, student loans, etc... Don't let them do it...   Regards   - fc

Open Letter to President Bush, Majority Leader Frist and Speaker Hastert
from John

President Bush, Majority Leader Frist and Speaker Hastert,

It is totally unbelievable to me that, at this time of pain and suffering for so many people in our nation, Republican leaders have yet to forego their plans to lavish more tax cuts on the wealthy and well-connected.

Such tax cuts at this time would be a total betrayal of American values – and a slap in the face of people in the Gulf Coast who have lost and suffered through so much and have so far to go on the road to recovery.

I demand that the leaders of the Republican Party act immediately to take the idea of tax cuts for the wealthy off the table. And I won’t stop working until you do.

Our message to those who would even contemplate bestowing more tax cuts on the wealthy at this time is clear and unambiguous: Don’t you dare!


Your name here

Don't You Dare :: petition link

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» Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Reform Ohio Now
Reform Ohio NowOH-Ballot: Say Hello to Our New Friend RON

by DavidNYC

:: DailyKOS Dairies

A quick break from Katrina with a bit of good news out of Ohio. Via MyDD:
The Ohio secretary of state announced yesterday that a series of election-related constitutional amendments had qualified for the November ballot, including one intended to strip Republican elected officials of their control over drawing legislative districts.

The amendments are sponsored by Reform Ohio Now, a coalition dominated by Democrats, unions and watchdog groups. It celebrated the announcement and said a statewide campaign to win approval in November had begun.

"It's not like we're posting yard signs yet, but we're close to that," the campaign manager of Reform Ohio Now, Scarlett Bauder, said. "Right now the time is ripe for reform."
I really think Reform Ohio Now - aka RON - has the right idea here. For more details, click over to the MyDD story and check out this page on RON's website.)

Now, of course, the actual battle over the amendments begins. Though tons of Republican money will be poured into the campaign against these ballot measures (smearing them as some kind of Democratic conspiracy, no doubt), I think they stand an excellent chance. If the amendments are framed properly as promoting "good government" and "transparency," that starts to put them in the "clean water and warm puppies" category - ie, things which no normal person opposes. Of course, I recognize that nothing is immune from the Republican Noise Machine, but like I say, I think RON's ballot measures can put up a good fight.

If you want to get involved - especially if you are an Ohioan - please click here.

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