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» Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Vote List :: Alito Filibuster

non-official vote count list!
FireDogLake has the list represented as it is below.   When official results are available I will update this post.   The Senators' names link to their official gov websites for further reference...   Note :: Updated list with final vote count of 58 - 42... Several of the Group of 14 Democrats decided at the last minute to vote no   It looks a lot different than the 72 - 25 that was floating around yesterday...   - fc

Votes :: Alito Filibuster
Final Count :: 58 - 42
--- REPs ---
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Burr (R-NC)
Chafee (R-RI)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Frist (R-TN)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
--- DEMs ---
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Clinton (D-NY)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)

Jeffords (I-VT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wyden (D-OR)
--- Legend ---
Red - Yes --- Bright Blue - No Vote --- Dark Blue - No
Bright Green - Group of 14 - Yes

Official Vote List -

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» Friday, January 27, 2006

Kerry Filibuster of Alito

Stop Alito Now!
At a time when this country needs John Kerry to take a stand against the Alito Nomination, he has stood up and started the process.   Now he needs our grassroots suport.   He needs us also to call and email the Senators who are not supporting his effort.   Time is short so do your part today...   - fc

John     Support a Filibuster Against Judge Alito

I fully support a filibuster against Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Judge Alito's nomination does not serve the best interests of our nation; it serves to appease extreme right wing elements of the Republican Party. His nomination is an incredible mistake for America, and only the United States Senate can put a stop to it.

I think it's time that the United States Senate confirmed once and for all that extreme ideology has no place on the highest court in the land. This is a critical fight for the future of our country. That's why I've taken the time to sign this petition. And I hope that's why the Senate will step up to the plate and do the right thing for America: support a filibuster against Samuel Alito.

Contact Our Lawmakers

Toll free numbers to call the Capitol:
888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641

Robert Byrd (WV)
(202) 224-3954
Web Form: Contact
FAX: (202) 228-0002

Mary Landrieu (LA)
(202) 224-5824
Web Form: Contact
FAX: (202) 224-9735K.

Ken Salazar (CO)
(202) 224-5852
Web Form: Contact
FAX: (202) 228-5036

Tim Johnson (D - SD)
(202) 224-5842
Web Form: Contact

Mark Pryor (D - AR)
Phone: (202) 224-2353
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 228-0908

Kent Conrad (D - ND)
Phone: (202) 224-2043
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 224-7776

Byron Dorgan (D - ND)
Phone: 202-224-2551
Web Form: Contact
Fax: 202-224-1193

Daniel Inouye (D - HI)
Phone: (202) 224-3934
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 224-6747

Joseph I. Lieberman (D - CT)
Phone: (202) 224-4041
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 224-9750

E. Benjamin Nelson (D - NE)
Phone: (202) 224-6551
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 228-0012

Also, worth a shot:

Susan Collins (R - ME)
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Web Form: Contact
FAX: (202) 224-2693

Olympia Snowe (R - ME)
Phone: (202) 224-1946
WebForm: Contact
FAX: (202) 224-1946

Lincoln Chafee (R - RI)
Phone: (202) 224-2921
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 228-2853

Ted Stevens (R - AK)
Phone: (202) 224-3004
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 224-2354

Saxby Chambliss (R - GA)
Phone: (202) 224-3521
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 224-0103

John Ensign (R - NV)
Phone: (202) 224-6244
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 228-2193

Pat Roberts (R - KS)
Phone: 202) 224-4774
Web Form: Contact

Bob Smith (R - OR)
Phone: 202.224.3753
Web Form: Contact
Fax: 202.228.3997

George Voinovich (R - OH)
Phone: (202) 224-3353
Web Form: Contact
Fax: (202) 228-1382

Complete List of Senators

Toll free numbers to call the Capitol:
888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641
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Addendum :: Daily Kos has a post dedicated to this issue.   And now, let's get to work... by georgia10 which references even more phone numbers than I do.   Her introduction includes links to posts by Armando which include ::
The Rules of the Game: Crossing Your Rubicon
Joining The Filibuster Movement.

If you are interested in this issue, these links are well worth taking the time to check out...   -fc

» Thursday, January 26, 2006

Clean Up Congress Now

Public Financing of Elections!
Election Reform should be a top priority for all Americans.   Corruption and Influence peddling, from both sides of the isle has led this country into the Incompetent Administration in the White House today and insure more of the same to come for future generations.   This and other reform issues should be addressed now.   The sooner the better...   Don't you think it is about time...   - fc

Big Money from wealthy special interests is at the center of Washington's scandals. Tell Congress real reform requires Clean Elections-style public financing of elections.

Even as the DeLay-Abramoff scandals spread, most politicians will do as little "reform" as they can get away with. Choosing a new majority leader or tinkering around the edges won't stop the auctioning of elections, or public policies, to the highest bidder. It's easy for Members of Congress to give up their free lunches from lobbyists; but real reform means ending their dependence on big money contributors.

Congress needs an overhaul, not face-saving measures, and that must include public financing of elections. Americans want reform that takes power away from the wealthy speical interests and gives it back to the people. Sign Today!

I support a comprehensive reform platform that puts citizens in the driver's seat.

Ethics and lobbying reform are important first steps. But the only way to really fix Washington is to sever the connection between politicians and the wealthy special interests and lobbyists who fund their campaigns by enacting public financing of elections.

Reps. John Tierney (D-MA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) have filed H.R. 3099, the Clean Money, Clean Elections Act, which has 31 cosponsors so far. It goes farther than any reform proposal currently on the table in Washington.

Senators must file companion legislation immediately.

It's time to restore the power of citizens to elect representatives not bought for and paid for by special interest lobbyists and big money donors.

Signed by:

H.R. 3099 Text and Co-Sponsors List
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» Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bush's Gestapo

Uniformed Secret Service!
Yes, you read that right...   A new federal police force.   Isn't Bush special.   On top of all the other interesting little things in the renewal of the Patriot Act, this item is Oh So Special.   There is no wonder there were pols who grew a backbone and did not allow this renewal to automatically go into effect.   The abuse of power never ceases to amaze me...   - fc

Unfathomed Dangers in PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

by Paul Craig Roberts

Jan 24,2006

A provision in the "PATRIOT Act" creates a new federal police force with the power to violate the Bill of Rights. You might think that this cannot be true, as you have not read about it in newspapers or heard it discussed by talking heads on TV.

Go to House Report 109-333 USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and check it out for yourself. Sec. 605 reads:
"There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the 'United States Secret Service Uniformed Division.'"
This new federal police force is "subject to the supervision of the Secretary of Homeland Security."

The new police are empowered to "make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony."

The new police are assigned a variety of jurisdictions, including "an event designated under section 3056(e) of title 18 as a special event of national significance" (SENS).

"A special event of national significance" is neither defined nor does it require the presence of a "protected person" such as the president in order to trigger it. Thus, the administration, and perhaps the police themselves, can place the SENS designation on any event. Once a SENS designation is placed on an event, the new federal police are empowered to keep out and arrest people at their discretion.

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MoveOn Action Alert

Restore Rule of Law!
Please take the time to join me in asking our Representatives and the Attorney General to ensure now laws were broken in regards to domestic wiretapping and spying on American Citizens.   No man is above the law, not even George W. Bush.   - fc

We demand a thorough and independent investigation of the Bush administration's allegedly illegal wiretapping activities, including:

•   appointment of an independent counsel to respond to any criminal activity that may have taken place,

•   a thorough, meaningful and open Congressional investigation,

•   protection for all whistleblowers who come forward with evidence of wrongdoing in this program.

TO: Your Senators
CC: (Attorney General Alberto Gonzales)
FROM: (Your Name and Email)
SUBJECT: Thoroughly Investigate the Wiretapping Program
Dear (Senator/Attorney General),

(Your personal note)

President Bush admitted to personally authorizing thousands of potentially illegal wiretaps, and he doesn't plan to stop. This abuse of power threatens the very core of our Constitution.

We demand a thorough and independent investigation of the Bush administration's allegedly illegal wiretapping activities, including: (1) appointment of an independent counsel to respond to any criminal activity that may have taken place, (2) a thorough, meaningful and open Congressional investigation, (3) protection for all whistleblowers who come forward with evidence of wrongdoing in this program.


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» Monday, January 23, 2006

Echalon Keywords

What they search for!
Have you ever wondered what exactly the government searches for when they prowl thru your email and chat room logs...?   Me too...   Well wonder no more.   Below is one of several lists on the internets of the keywords for Echalon (Eschalon, Carnavoire) and I am pretty sure this is what is being used in the NSA eavesdropping program also (it only seems logical) although there surely are more recently added words or phrases.   - fc

Note :: I keep this box (textarea) small because there are still people who run their screen resolution at 800x600 (believe it or not).

This list at
Another list at

» Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Special Counsel for Domestic Spying

Domestic Spying is Illegal!
ACLU Calls For Special Counsel: Add Your Voice

When President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans, he violated the law, the Constitution and his oath of office.

No American is beneath the law's protection. And no one -- not even a U.S. president -- is above the law's limits.

Our system of checks and balances must be maintained if American democracy is to be preserved.

Send This Message

Appoint a Special Counsel to Investigate Bush's NSA Order.

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I urge you request that the Department of Justice appoint a special counsel to investigate any and all criminal acts committed by any member of the Executive Branch who may have been involved in the authorization of warrentless electronic surveillance of people within the United States, including U.S. citizens, by the National Security Agency (NSA).

No one is above the law, not even the President. Our system of checks and balances must remain intact if our democracy is to survive.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this important matter.


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» Sunday, January 15, 2006

No War On Terror

War Of Terror!
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There is a NO War on Terror...   Bush is conducting a War of Terror...   A war for oil that has gone terribly wrong and his only reaction is to keep following the same failed policies.   Shooting themselves in the foot while killing innocent civilians and making even more enemies than we had before 9-11.

Bushji is desperate now for some kind of grandiose accomplishment to parade around on Faux News with.   He had only one real option.   Pakistan.   He knows America will not tollerate an escalation in the form of attacking Syria or Iran.   The real terrorists have always been in Pakistan after he stirred up the ants nest in Afghanistan in 2001.

He has nothing to lose except maybe bribing Mussaref with a few more F-16's.   Tribal Pakistan has no alternative but to scream bloody murder and Bush and his propped up dictator are no more inclined to do anything more than they have up to this point.   Tell them :: Tough Shit... Sit Down and Shut Up...   We need you pissed at us so you will hide the terrorists that we don't want to capture and they will have a safe place to hide...

Bush thought by keeping the terrorists cut off from Iraq that he would have a cake walk by not having to deal with real terrorists.   Little did he realise that Saddam's guerilla warfare strategy (aided by our disbanding the Iraqi Army) would be so deadly (aided by Bush Incompetence of not protecting known weapon stockpiles and WMD) and such an unwinnable albatros.

His NeoCon Dreams of conquest of the Middle East are blowing in the winds of the maelstrom that is his War of Terror...

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» Saturday, January 14, 2006

Murtha H.J. Res. 73

Support Jack Murtha!
Peace Action has decided to support Murth'a resolution calling for a withdrawal of troups from Iraq.   I share their reservations but this move will be a necessary first step.   There is a list of co-sponsors at Thomas - LOC which allows you to see if your rep has already signed on to this resolution.   Take a look at this list and if they have not, send them this letter asking them to detail their position on it.   I also include in all my efforts to speak to my reps that I will not support anyone who does not support our withdrawal from Iraq.

There have been several lawmakers speaking their mind on this issue.   Congressman Charles Rangel released this statement in support of this bill titled :: "Cong. Jack Murtha brings the courage of Martin Luther King to the debate over Iraq".   Rep. Maxine Waters has also issued a Statement on Iraq.   The text of the Murtha Resolution is available in pdf format at the Brad Blog :: Text of H.J. Res. 73   - fc

Support Congressman John Murtha's Resolution, H.J. Res 73

Congressman John Murtha (D-PA), longtime congressional hawk, has taken a historic stand and has come out against the war in Iraq and for bringing our troops home. A decorated Korean and Vietnam war veteran, Murtha understands the realities of war.

His piece of legislation, HJ Res 73, is not perfect. We at Peace Action, after serious consideration, have decided to support HJ Res 73, which calls for a gradual withdrawal of troops from Iraq over six months. While some details of the bill, including the "over the horizon" presence, do cause us concern, the bill does achieve the immediate goal - full withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq.
As a member of Peace Action, I urge you to support Congressman John Murtha's legislation, H.J. Res 73, calling for a gradual withdrawal of troops from Iraq. With nearly 2,200 American soldiers dead and, in Bush's own words, 30-35,000 Iraqi's dead, it's apparent that our occupation is nothing but the fuel for the insurgency. Peace cannot be achieved until our troops come home.

Please send me a letter detailing your position on H.J. Res 73 and whether or not you intend to support it.

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Urge Congress to End the War in Iraq

I urge you to end the War in Iraq within six months by co-sponsoring these bills:

H.J.Res. 73, To ReDeploy U.S. Forces in Iraq, sponsored by Rep. John Murtha.

H.R. 4232, The End the War in Iraq Act, sponsored by Rep. Jim McGovern.

H.CON.RES. 197, No Permanent Bases in Iraq, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee.

And the new Kucinich/Paul bipartisan bill that would allow the Iraqi parliament to vote on whether to end the occupation.

I also urge you to sign the discharge petition for H.J.Res. 55, to allow a real debate on the war in the House.

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» Thursday, January 12, 2006


Wierdness of Dementia!
June 21, 1999
My friend Cedwyn from DemBloggers and Action Alerts has tagged me.   I just read at Scoobie Davis where he got tagged, so I guess I should break down and just do it...   grin....   Did I mention that Scoobie blogrolled the FatCat...? lol...

As my sub-title indicates, I suffer from dementia.   It is an undiagnosable illness that they cannot figure out.   It has many of the classic symptoms of Alzheimers and Parkinsons but it is neither of the two.   Reading between the lines this means I am a medical guinea pig for their educated medical guessing.   So far they are batting a big fat zero unless you count getting me addicted some of the most powerful drugs know to medicine, which they have no qualms about changing from time to time in hope of making the right guess.

After finishing top of my class in electronics and making the highest score on the comprehensive electronics exam in the state of Arkansas in 1988 and then working as a consumer electronics tech for 15 years (the last 6 as a master technician), now I can't remember what day it is.

What the date is.   Whether I have taken my medication or not.   In one on one verbal conversations I sound like our glorious leader, not remembering what I was talking about, just having to stop in mid sentence and wait until I remember or someone tells me what I was talking about.   I have to write down everything.   And I mean everything.   I have a notebook for things to do.   A chart for the med I take throughout the day.   A huge text file in my html editor with links to add to my blog.   Files for usernames and passwords, scripts, misc html snippets and anything else that I need to remember.   I can't remember what I need to but I do know where to go find what I want thanks to the search function in my editor.

That is if the migraine headaches allow me to function long enough to format a post or add some links to my blog.   Otherwise I have to turn everything off, pull the drapes and turn off the lights for anywhere from an hour up to three or four hours before I can stand even the limited lighting in my room.

War Protest March - Washington D.C. Sept 24, 2005

If this is not wierd enough for ya, did I mention that I can't walk out in the open anymore.   I have to hug the walls or stay next to the house when going to the car that I can't drive anymore.   I can still acutally drive but I have scared the shit out of myself several of the last few times I got out by myself, so for my own safety and the safety of others I only go places with the wife driving now.

The Scooter Store brought me a power chair the other day and it is a marvel.   Did I mention that I fall down a lot.   Well not as much now.   If I just keep my ass in the power chair.   It was turning into such an ordeal just to get to the bathroom or the kitchen, worrying about the in between places where there were no chairs I could get to if I got dizzy and started to lose it.

All those years of being Mr billy bob bad ass who could walk on rice paper without leaving a trace and possessing the skills to hurt you to any degree I felt necessary with my bare hands, taking on multiple combatants and always coming away less damaged than my opponents.   Yes dear friends, the life of a demented old fool is certainly wierd, to say the least.   - fc
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Addendum :: I want to thank all my friends that stop by from time to time for the kind words.   I also want to thank Deb and the folks at political   I also want to apologize to you for dropping this on you in this manner.   As Deb and my friends from Election 04 bbs know, I am not seeking sympathy, only being honest with everyone.   I have fought hard, literally all my life and I don't intend to stop now.   With that said, somehow this post got linked to   From looking thru the comments there was but one of their 'regulars' that got it right when he thought it (this post) looked real enough to him.   For the rest of my short lived 15 seconds of fame, and especially the Cruel people (grin...) and even more so if there are some wingnuts in the bunch (bwhaaahaahaa), welcome to fc's little corner of the blogosphere.   I added the before and after pics just for effect.   There are more, less flattering pics on the D.C. Protest March Pics album at Flckr.   Are you doing anything to help minimize the damage to our country from the demented little cowboy in the White House...?   - fc

» Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Abramoff and the Israeli Connection

In God We Trust :: All Others Pay Cash!
One of my favorite sources is AntiWar's Justin Raimando.   For one thing he calls them like he sees them and holds nothing back.   Secondly, he documents his articles with the most comprehensive set of links of any online journalist.   Now, with that said, it is disclaimer time.   It seems that you can not mention Israel without being labeled :: Anti-Semite.   Well it does not bother Justin and it does not bother me either.   Most people whitewash over the fact that the NeoCons are Jews.   Oh no...   There I go being anti-semitic.   Well, all I can say is :: get over it...   It's a fact, Jack...   Abramoff...   - fc

Abramoff and the Israeli Connection

Washington sleazebag funneled money to Israel's "settler" movement

by Justin Raimondo

According to a report by Michael Isikoff in Newsweek, Abramoff was soliciting funds on behalf of a shady organization known as the Capital Athletic Foundation (CAF), which was supposed to be funding sports programs and imparting "leadership skills" to inner-city youth. Instead, CAF funneled millions scarfed up from Indian tribes not only into Abramoff's own pockets and the pockets of his cronies, but also to ultra-right-wing Israeli "settlers." Isikoff reports:
"More than $140,000 of foundation funds were actually sent to the Israeli West Bank where they were used by a Jewish settler to mobilize against the Palestinian uprising. Among the expenditures: purchases of camouflage suits, sniper scopes, night-vision binoculars, a thermal imager, and other material described in foundation records as 'security' equipment. The FBI, sources tell Newsweek, is now examining these payments as part of a larger investigation to determine if Abramoff defrauded his Indian tribe clients."
The fraudulently obtained money funded a paramilitary outfit based in the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Beitar Illit, a large community annexed after the '67 war and the site of renewed building in open violation of the American-sponsored "road map." The conduit for the money was one Schmuel Ben-Zvi, an old buddy of Abramoff's who, like so many Americans, was recruited into the rabidly expansionist Israeli "settler" movement. A series of e-mails between Ben-Zvi and Abramoff illustrate the agenda that energized and inspired the Abramoff crime family. While Newsweek reports Ben-Zvi "heatedly denied" that he had any connection to Abramoff, other than being a high school bud from Abramoff's Hollywood days, the e-mails, featured as exhibits in a Senate Indian Affairs committee hearing, tell a different story.

Abramoff and the Israeli Connection :: Continue Reading...
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» Monday, January 09, 2006

Bush :: Return Abramoff Money

Come Clean Mr. President!
From Act For Change comes this initiative to ask Bush to come clean and return the money Abramoff collected for him in the 2004 Election.   Join me is asking George W. Bush to do the right thing...   fc

President Bush: Disclose and Return ALL Your Abramoff Donations

Jack Abramoff was a "Pioneer" fundraiser for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, raising at least $120,000 -- and probably a great deal more -- by bundling together contributions from other individuals and political action committees.

Bush knows keeping donations collected by Abramoff is dead wrong -- in fact, he already donated to charity the $6,000 the Republican operative contributed to his campaign coffers. But despite the fact that Abramoff has pled guilty to multiple felony charges of bribery and corruption, the President still refuses to publicly identify -- or return -- the vast majority of the campaign funds that Abramoff collected for on his behalf as a favored "Pioneer" fundraiser.

Abramoff's guilty pleas have made clear that the public has a powerful interest in knowing the details of Mr. Abramoff's bundled fundraising activities for President Bush. Did Abramoff's clients seek or receive special treatment from the White House in return for these contributions? The President needs to come clean about the money Abramoff raised for him.
You ran for President on a promise to bring honor and integrity "back" into our federal government. Were you referring to the levels of honor and integrity missing since the Nixon administration?

Jack Abramoff has now admitted his guilt on numerous felony charges of bribery and corruption. He was one of your "pioneer" fundraisers and brought at least $120,000 into your 2004 campaign. Yet despite his recent admissions of guilt, from that $120,000 you're donating only $6,000 to charity -- and you still won't come clean about who the rest of that money came from.

Mr. President, come clean with us. Jack Abramoff represents the worst of the worst when it comes to pay-for-play access and favors at the highest levels of our government. The public needs to know which of his cronies helped you get re-elected, and whether they committed any illegal or unethical acts. Otherwise, we'll have to conclude that you accept and condone Mr. Abramoff's illegal conduct.

I look forward to your reply.


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» Saturday, January 07, 2006

Week In Review

Jan 1, 2006 to Jan 8, 2006!
First of all, Impeachment is one step closer to reality for Glorious Leader. A report by the Congressional Research Service has stated that the domestic spying is not based in law but in hubris.   The scandals just keep coming in D.C.   First everyone was a twitter over the implications of Abramoff rolling over on as many as 60 lawmakers.   Later in the week it was revealed that Duke Cunningham wore a wire in some of his meetings with lawmakers and defense contractors before he resigned from Congress.   The implications of the these two scandals are enormous, especially for one Tom Delay.   And speaking of, the Republicans in the House have decided to bail on Tom and request elections for new leadership positions, which puts a permanent lid on DeLay's ambitions to return to his Majority Leader's Office.   Last but not least is the upcoming hearings for the Alito Nomination to the SCOTUS.   There were a few petitions I missed when I posted them earlier.   Because that post comes up on the first page of a google search (link #6) I am going to just add the new ones to this post and update that one so they will all be in one place.  
Alito Petitions :: List of all Petitions

Reject Alito ::
Stop Alito :: MoveOnPAC
Report Rebuts Bush on Spying
:: Domestic Action's Legality Challenged - By Carol D. Leonnig - 01-07-06
House Turning on Delay
:: Some House Republicans Push for Leadership Elections - By Jonathan Weisman - 01-07-06
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» Thursday, January 05, 2006

Stealth Cronyism

List of Recess Appointments Jan 4, 2006!
These are the names being released of the 'recess appointments' Bush made this first week of 2006.   The three at the bottom are the most troublesome.   Federal Ellection Commission should send alarm bells sounding throughout the reality based community.

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 4, 2006

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today recess appointed the following individuals:

Floyd Hall, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the AMTRAK Reform Board.

Enrique J. Sosa, of Florida, to be a Member of the AMTRAK Reform Board.

Nadine Hogan, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation (Private Representative).

Roger W. Wallace, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation (Private Representative).

Gordon England, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Benjamin A. Powell, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Ronald E. Meisburg, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

Julie L. Myers, of Kansas, to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

Tracy A. Henke, of Missouri, to be Executive Director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security.

Arthur F. Rosenfeld, of Virginia, to be Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Ellen R. Sauerbrey, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of State (Population, Refugees, and Migration).

Dorrance Smith, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs).

Robert D. Lenhard, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

Steven T. Walther, of Nevada, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

Hans Von Spakovsky, of Georgia, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

Peter N. Kirsanow, of Ohio, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Stephen Goldsmith, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 From The Brad Blog ::
Hans Von Spakovsky ::

Aside from being a key player in the 2000 Florida Election Boondoggle, a member of the extremist Federalist Society and a former Republican Party Chairman in Georgia, von Spakovsky was Bush's political appointee at the DoJ who recently made the papers as well. He was revealed to be behind the overriding of opinions given by career DoJ attorneys in the Voting Rights division concerning the Georgia Photo ID requirement laws and the Texas redistricting pet project of indicted former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay. 4 out of 5 attorneys said the Georgia law would disenfranchise minority voters. While 8 out of 8 unaminously found the new Texas congressional map to be in violation of the law for similar reasons. Both of those decisions were overriden with the help of von Spakovsky and resulted in an effective gutting of the very heart of the 40 year-old Voting Rights Act of 1965.   further info at :: The Brad Blog
Here is a special little twist on these appointments from the Assoc Press...
"Since the Senate held a pro forma session Tuesday and then adjourned, the White House contends the second session of the 109th Congress has begun and Bush's recess appointments are valid until the following session concludes at the end of 2007."

"The president also appointed Robert Lenhard (FEC), who was part of a legal team that challenged the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law."
And they called Clinton "Slick Willy"...     Smooth move Bushji...   - fc

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» Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Abramoff Scandal

List of those Involved...!
These are the names being mentioned.   This is just a list of nams that have come up in the lead up to today's guilty plea from Abramoff.   There may be as many as 60 lawmakers and influential people in the country involved in the largest scandal in decades.   This list will be updated as more names are revealed and confirmation of their involvement.   - fc

Jack Abramoff Scandal
Jack Abramoff ::   Source Watch   ·   dKOSopedia   ·   Jack in the   ·   ·   Common Dreams   ·   US Politics Today   ·   C.R.E.W.   ·   Tom Paine   ·   Wikipedia :: Jack Abramoff   ·   Wikipedia :: Abramoff - Reed Indian Scandal   ·   Google Search :: Abramoff + Clients
Dennis Hastert R-Illinois (Speaker)
Tom DeLay R-Texas
Robert Ney R-Ohio
John Doolittle R-California
Richard Pombo R-California
Dana Rohrbacher R-California
Doc Hastings R-Washington
Charles Taylor R-North Carolina
J. D. Hayworth R-Arizona
Todd Tiahrt R-Kansas
Dave Camp R-Michigan
Dale Kildee D-Michigan
Harry Reid D-Nevada (MInority Leader)
Carl Levin D-Michigan
Debbie Stabenow D-Michigan
Byron Dorgan D-North Dakota
Tom Harkin D-Iowa
John Cornyn R-Texas
Conrad Burns R-Montana

Adam Kidan Partner Google
Michael Scanlon Partner Google - Wiki - SourceWatch
Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform Google - Wiki - SourceWatch
Ralph Reed Lobbyist Google - Wiki - SourceWatch
Rabbi Daniel Lapin co-chair of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians Google - Wiki
David Safavian former chief of staff of General Services Admin Google - Wiki - SourceWatch
Edward Ayoob Lobbyist Google - SourceWatch
Edwin Buckham Owner - Alexander Strategy Group Google
Italia Federici Lobbyist - Republicans for Environmental Advocacy Google - SourceWatch
Timothy Flanagan Bush withdrew nomination for Asst Atty General because of Abramoff connection.   Lobbyist - Tyco Inc. Talk Left - Talk Left : Background
Steven Griles former Dep. Interior Secretary Google - Wiki - SourceWatch
Ed Miller Grassroots Interactive Google
Patrick Pizzella Owner - Preston Gates Ellis Google - SourceWatch
Tony Rudy former chief of staff - Tom DeLay Google - SourceWatch
Neil Volz former chief of staff - Ohio Rep. Robert Ney Google - SourceWatch
Konstantinos Boulis former owner of gambling boat - murdered Google - Wiki

Companies & Connections
Alexander Strategy Group - website - Google Search - run by former DeLay staffers Edwin Buckham and Tony Rudy, hired Christine DeLay, the congressman's wife, "to determine the favorite charity of every member of Congress,"   She was paid $115,000.00
Greenberg Traurig Lobbying Company - website - Google Search
Preston Gates Ellis Lobbying Company - website - Google Search
Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions Inc. (Google Search) Owned by Julie Dolittle, wife of Rep. John Dolittle - records subpoena from Abramoff Investigation.
Related Articles
Working For Change :: The Abramoff Primer
Making Sense of the Abramoff Scandal
- By Geov Parrish, AlterNet. Posted December 20, 2005.
The Abramoff affair: Corruption scandal threatens Republican control of US Congress By Patrick Martin - 29 November 2005
Slate :: Jack Attack By John Dickerson - Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006
WaPo :: The Abramoff Universe :: Records Show Burns' Abramoff Meetings
Perrspectives :: The Banana Republicans

  Updated... 01-05-2006

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