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Irony of the day…

John McCain was outraged in the 2000 campaign about the robocalls that were made against him, and he is using the same sleazy tactic in this election.

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Flag Pins?

I find it ironic that Barack Obama was criticized for not wearing a flag pin, about a year ago, and McCain chose not to wear a flag pin in the debate last night.  His lack of flag pin went by without comment.

I don’t think it is a particularly important point — patriotism isn’t determined completely by apparel, but it does point out some of the innanity that occurred in the campaign just a year ago.

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Daily Show highlights hypocrisy in recent rhetoric

Bravo!

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A New Strategy Against Extremism and Terrorism

John Kerry makes an eloquent, refreshing and reasonable set of arguments about how the world should deal with terrorism.

TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | A New Strategy Against Extremism and Terrorism.

It is a sharp contrast to the policies and attitudes that our nation have been following.

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Bush Not "A good steward of the land"

This article at the Washington Post is just more evidence to add to the pile that Bush was lying through his teeth when he claimed to be “.. a good steward of the land.”

Maybe Henry Waxman will be successful in bringing the EPA back into the role of actually protecting the environment.

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Oregon House Bill 3610 and Global Warming

It appears that Oregon House Bill 3610 has been put on hold. This bill was intended to help gather data on greenhouse gas emissions for the 2009 legislative session. Sounds pretty simple. It is ironic considering how Oregon wants to be “a leader in the fight against Global Warming”.

You can encourage your representative to take a different stance on the bill by going here.

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The Center For Public Integrity: The War Card

The Center for Public Integrity has published an eye-opening accounting of the rhetoric from the Bush administration that lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003.

These arguments are along the same lines as HR 333. which calls for the impeachment of Vice President Cheney.

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Kucinich and the Nevada debate

Dennis Kucinich wasn’t allowed to debate in the Nevada primary debate after all. Democracy Now! did provide him the opportunity to speak on the same topics that the other candidates were asked about. Follow this link for listening options.

The election process needs to be reformed. If the Democratic Party wants to become the party of the future, they should abandon the current nomination process and adopt a uniform process for the whole country. It should be a popular vote, conducted across the country at the same time. No state should have an undo influence on the results, and all the candidates have to make their case to everyone.

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Judge orders MSNBC to include Kucinich in upcoming debate

From the Los Angeles Times:

A Nevada judge said Monday that Democratic presidential candidate Dennis J. Kucinich must be included in today’s candidate debate in Nevada.

Senior Clark County District Judge Charles Thompson said if Kucinich was excluded, he would issue an injunction stopping the televised debate. …

This is great news for a man that has been unfairly treated by the mainstream press.

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Blumenauer lost my vote…

Earl Blumenauer chose to ignore the desires of his constituents and voted to table the discussion of the impeachment of Dick Cheney. He was the only Congressman from Oregon that did. I certainly won’t vote for him again. You can read Blumenauer’s contradictory opinion of impeachment here. He says he would do it in “a heartbeat, even if it is a longshot”, and won’t even vote to discuss it. That makes no sense.

In the video below, you can see Congressman Kucinich reading his resolution.

The Democrats missed a huge opportunity to begin the important discussion this nation must have regarding the conduct of this administration. The resolution was referred to committee, and I’m sure that’s the last we will see of it. At least Congressman Kucinich is willing to be a leader.

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