Monday, April 16, 2007

What a Difference a Day Makes.

Virginia’s Governor Kaine Signs Another Pro-Gun Bill!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Earlier this week, Governor Tim Kaine (D) signed House Bill 2106, sponsored by Delegate Carrico, into law. HB2106 repeals the authority for localities to require fingerprints for initial concealed carry permit applicants.

Please contact Governor Kaine at (804) 786-2211 or email by visiting to thank him for signing this critical legislation, and also encourage him to sign the pro-gun bills currently awaiting his action. The National Rifle Association.

"America now reengineering itself via a technological processes that creates the culture, work, competition and self that is no longer 'made in America' or made anywhere other than in technological space and whose future may well be played out in the only realm that America still holds the edge — violence both inside and outside the nation." David Cook, Scarborough College, University of Toronto

Gov. Tim Kaine may have second thoughts on signing another pro-gun bill after today's carnage at Virginia Tech. I'm sure his NRA contacts are drafting a position paper suggesting that the death toll would have been less had students carried concealed weapons.. Gov. Kaine made good on his campaign promise to "Keep Virginia Moving Ahead," they now hold the title of the worst mass slaughter in American history.

Guns don't kill people - people kill people. Guns only facilitate the process.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends, and co-workers of those 30+ killed at VT; however, this only represents from 1/3 to 1/2 of the monthly death toll for American solders in Iraq. Try to imagine 2 Virginia Tech slaughters occurring every 3 to 4 weeks and you'll understand the tragic loss experienced by our military families.

They fire Imus, we hire Coulter - A Call To Action

Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 07:36:36 AM PDT

In the wake of the Don Imus disaster, one would think that Corporate America would be highly sensitive to the promotion of hate speech, if not for morality's sake, for their profit's sake. For our sake, it's time to fight back and simply say 'No' to Ann Coulter and her hate-mongering.

Unfortunately that's not true in one community in Michigan, already branded with a decades-old racist reputation and where, even today, its children are publicly being called racists just for living there.

There's still a chance to stop Coulter's Tour of Hate and Intolerance from coming to Michigan and making a hefty $30,000 while she's at it. But we need your help! (Action Alert Below)

Speak Up, Speak Out, Stop the Hate from Invading

The only way to stop Ann Coulter's tour of Intolerance and Hate from festering in Michigan is to contact the Livingston Economic Club and it's members. Remember, they need to hear from us by Thursday in order to stop this!

Please call or email each of the sponsors below, and then send an email to 10 of your friends and family members asking them to do the same. Stopping the hate and spreading a message of tolerance and acceptance begins with us.

Tom Sullivan
President, Cleary University

Pamela McConeghy
Executive Director, Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce

Julia Liljegren
Executive Director, Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce

Pat Convery
President, Howell Area Chamber of Commerce

Fred Dillingham
Executive Director, Economic Development Council of Livingston County

Congressman Mike Rogers (MI-08)
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Jerome Espy
Vice President -Michigan Communications, Comcast Corporation

Rich Perlburg
Executive Editor, Livingston County Daily Press and Argus

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Politics: Observations & Arguments

An Interview with Hendrik Hertzberg

Yeah, sure that’s the debate the conservatives have among themselves. “[Bush] is not a true conservative,” and all that. He spends too much. I’m not interested in that debate. That’s for them to hash out. Ronald Reagan was, from 1964 on, the leader of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. Like it or not, he was the advocate, the public face, the intellectual motor of the Republican Right, where Bush II is just a twerp. He’s a bundle of resentment. He’s never had any real interest in political ideology. It’s all an Oedipal drama. And ultimately that’s how it will be understood. I don’t think it’s comprehensible in any other way. His dad raised taxes, so he’s not going to raise taxes. Dad didn’t go to Baghdad, so he’s going to Baghdad. Dad hated Rumsfeld so he made Rumsfeld secretary of defense. Full interview.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.”

Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out! More ...
Lee Iacocca, former Chrysler CEO

Aside from his neocon sycophants, does anyone still believe the shrub is capable of leading America?

American Taliban

"With all due respect to those dear people, my friend, God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew." (Bailey Smith)

"American Veterans are to blame for the fag takeover of this nation. They have the power in their political lobby to influence the zeitgeist, get the fags out of the military, and back in the closet where they belong!" (Fred Phelps)

"When the Christian majority takes over this country, there will be no satanic churches, no more free distribution of pornography, no more talk of rights for homosexuals. After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism will be seen as immoral and evil and the state will not permit anybody the right to practice evil." (Gary Potter)

"God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them." (George W. Bush)

"State Universities are breeding grounds, quite literally, for sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), homosexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, alcoholism, and drug abuse." (James Dobson)

"We don't have to protect the environment, the Second Coming is at hand."* (James Watt)

Be afraid my friends, be very afraid.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922 – 2007)

Socialism" is no more an evil word than "Christianity." Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, and children are created equal and shall not starve.

George W. Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka Christians, and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or PPs, the medical term for smart, personable people who have no consciences.

[PPs] are going to do something every fuckin' day and they are not afraid. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with any doubts, for the simple reason that they don't give a fuck what happens next. Simply can't. Do this! Do that! Mobilize the reserves! Privatize the public schools! Attack Iraq! Cut health care! Tap everybody's telephone! Cut taxes on the rich! Build a trillion-dollar missile shield! Fuck habeas corpus and the Sierra Club and
In these Times, and kiss my ass!

Extracts from Vonnegut's book A Man Without a Country

Molly Ivins (1944 - 2007) and Kurt passing in the same year - what a loss for America in its hour of greatest need.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Act Now and Sign the Petition

The founders of our nation believed that all Americans should have the right to worship according to their own beliefs, or not to worship at all. So strong was their commitment to religious freedom that they enshrined it in the first sentence of the Bill of Rights.

Religion is a deeply personal matter. Americans must be free to practice their religion without coercion. Government exists to provide for the general well-being of all people, and its workings must be independent of specific religious doctrines. Simply put, there must be a separation of church and state.

Famous Regent University Alumni

Regent University Motto: Christian Leadership to Change the World

Monica M. Goodling (born August 6, 1973) is a United States lawyer and political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush. She was the Director of Public Affairs for the United States Department of Justice, serving under Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales.

Monica Goodling's reign as the first ever sitting Justice Department official to plead the Fifth is over, CNN just reported. She'll resign tomorrow.

How Pat Robertson's Law School is Changing America (

Goodling is only one of 150 graduates of Regent University currently serving in this administration, as Regent's Web site proclaims proudly, a huge number for a 29-year-old school. Regent estimates that "approximately one out of every six Regent alumni is employed in some form of government work." And that's precisely what its founder desired. The school's motto is "Christian Leadership To Change the World," and the world seems to be changing apace. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft teaches at Regent, and graduates have achieved senior positions in the Bush administration. The express goal is not only to tear down the wall between church and state in America (a "lie of the left," according to Robertson) but also to enmesh the two.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Catholic League's Bill Donahue Attacks Chocolate Jesus

Well, of course, asking the public to come in and eat Jesus, with his genitals exposed, during Holy Week I think would be self-explanatory.

Why do religious zealots like Donahue have such an abnormal fixation on chocolate genitalia?

Why is this Man Smiling?

Price of a share of Halliburton stock on March 19, 2003: $20.50

Value of that Halliburton share on March 16, 2007, adjusted for a split in 2006: $64.12.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) asserts that Cheney's options -- worth $241,498 a year ago -- are now valued at more than $8 million.

Cheney continues to hold 433,333 Halliburton stock options. The company has been criticized by auditors for its handling of a no-bid contact in Iraq. Auditors found the firm marked up meal prices for troops and inflated gas prices in a deal with a Kuwaiti supplier. The company also built the American prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Famous Sycophants

To mislead a rival, deception is permissible; one may use all means against his enemies.