Thursday, October 30, 2008

McClone exposed #7: McCain's Green Economy: Drill, Baby, Drill

Almost certainly environmental changes are the greatest threat to the human race. The McClone/Palin twins have only one solution: "Drill, Baby, Drill." Unfortunately most Americans can't see the changes (yet!) so they don't recognize the danger. This is the result of the right-wing deligitimization of science for political purposes over the last almost 30 years.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

McClone exposed #6: McCain's Spiritual Guide

You've heard alot about the Rev. Wright, but very little about Rod Parsley, Pastor of the World Harvest Church. I wonder why? Perhaps the corporate media has been protecting Clone, as they have been every step of the way.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Iraq troop deal blows up in U.S. face

Marie Colvin reports in today's (Sunday) New York Times that:
Senior Iraqi politicians have warned that a crucial deal between Baghdad and Washington governing the presence of American troops in the country is doomed to failure after eight months of talks.

Here we go again: the prostitution of Justice

As in 2006 when the right-wing tried to use the Justice Department to fix the election. You remember the adventures of Alberto Gonzales. This is by Jason Leopold from
In a déjà vu moment from Campaign 2006, President George W. Bush again is asking his Attorney General to launch an investigation into the registration of hundreds of thousands of new voters, many of whom are expected to vote Democratic.

Bush forwarded to Attorney General Michael Mukasey a Republican request that he intervene in the battleground state of Ohio to force 200,000 new voters to either verify the information on their registration forms or cast provisional ballots, which are often thrown out after the voter leaves the polling place.
Remember: If you see something, say something.

Friday, October 24, 2008

McClone exposed #5: McCain's Mansions

It's interesting how McClone can feel your pain, but from which home. Seems a good fit with the hockey mom who gets $150,000 in clothing, etc.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

McCain and Palin lie about Obama and Bill Ayers again

I was struck last night, Wednesday, when John McClone and Gov. Palin in their combined interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams once again focused so much attention on Barak Obama and '60s radical Bill Ayers. Here's what Clone said:
People can make up their minds, as, again, I say about Mr. Ayers ... the full extent of the relationship with Senator Obama is not known,

And Senator Obama has not been forthcoming. He has not told the complete truth to the American people....
What in the world can this nonsense mean. On Oct. 10th the Annenberg Political Fact Check web site stated:
McCain cranks out some false and misleading attacks on Obama's connection to a 1960s radical.
Neither Clone nor Palin seem to be particularly bothered by the truth. But why do they keep harping on this? I can only conclude that they have nothing else to throw at Obama. It's clear that Obama has been completely forthcoming about serving on an education committee with Ayers. But Clone and Palin keep saying - as they did last night - "the full extent of the relationship with Senator Obama is not known." There is no question if Clone and Palin had any information we don't know they'd already have trumpeted it from the highest roof tops. So all they can do is try to cast aspersions that have no basis in fact

The whole Ayers tempest in a tea pot says far more about McCain and Palin then about Obama.

McClone Exposed #4: John McCain vs. John McCain

Here's #4 in the McClone Exposed series. This one is called "John McCain vs. John McCain." It perhaps exposes McClone for who he really is. What I can't figure out is whether he believes what he says when he says it, or just says whatever is necessary to advance his political career. Maybe it was always the "Double Talk Express."

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Al-Queda and McClone's election

There are several questions connected to this election which are getting very little attention from the media. One that has concerned me for some time regards Al-Queda and a John McClone victory. What I'm referring to is how much the Al-Queda leaders want a third Bush administration and what they might do to get McClone elected. Here are some thoughts on this from The washington Post Online:
Al-Qaeda is watching the U.S. stock market's downward slide with something akin to jubilation, with its leaders hailing the financial crisis as a vindication of its strategy of crippling America's economy through endless, costly foreign wars against Islamist insurgents.

And at least some of its supporters think Sen. John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to continue that trend.

'Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,' said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said the Arizona Republican would continue the 'failing march of his predecessor,' President Bush.
Unfortunately for us, when they support a candidate they tend to do more than wear buttons.

(Also on this question see Robert Parry on

McClone exposed #3: The Economy

Here's the third episode in the McCain Exposed series: The Economy.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The new McCarthyism: McClone-Palin

Gov. Sarah Palin and her pals are reincarnating Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy - one of history's most despicable demagogues. Many of us vividly remember the House UnAmerican Affairs Committee (HUAC) and Joe McCarthy's Senate Internal Security sub Committee. Well how much difference is there between "UnAmerican" and the McCain-Palin campaign's "anti-American?" I fully expect Palin to stand at a podium with a piece of paper in her hand and say: "I have here a list of the Communists who Obama will appoint to his administration."

Once you start lying, one lie piles up on top of another. This is at its base a CHARACTER question. Or as someone else said:
Oh what tangled webs we weave
When first we practive to deceive.

Check out their spokesperson Minn. Sen. Michelle Bachman: (If your seeing this on FaceBook, click here for video)

And the idiocies are piling up: North Carolina GOP Rep. Robin Hayes, said at a McCain rally on Saturday:
Liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.
Notice the McCarthyite theme: "Real Americans' vs. "Anti-Americans"

And then, of course, there's the old saw: "socialism." Here's what the Dallas Morning News reports:
With John McCain trailing Barack Obama ... his campaign has promoted the idea that his opponent's tax and health-care policies evoke socialism.

The claim was made after Mr. Obama remarked in Ohio last week that he wanted to 'spread the wealth around.'

But such comparisons to socialism gloss over important facts, analysts say.

Both Mr. McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, have criticized Mr. Obama's proposal to raise taxes on high earners and require that businesses provide health insurance. Ms. Palin referred to the plan as 'a little bit like socialism.'

McCain Exposed #2: McCain's YouTube Problem Becomes a Nightmare

Here's McClone exposed #2 - McCain's YouTube problem becomes a nightmare.

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Today: Free Online Film: The End of America

Today (Tues.) is the day to see the film The End of America - a feature-length documentary based on Naomi Wolf's bestselling book of the same name free online. To see it free on line click here.

For further info on the film see my earlier post

Monday, October 20, 2008

McClone exposed: A series of short films

Here's the first of a series of short films by BraveNew Films exposing John McClone's policies for what they are. This one is called McCain Care Leaves Seniors Behind.

There will be another one tommorow.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

They'll steal it if they can. Don't let them

I'm fully aware that anything can happen between now and Election Day. As Yogi said, "It ain't over, 'til it's over." Or as Barack Obama put it yesterday (Thurs.):
We are 19 days away from changing this country. But for those who are getting a little cocky, I've got two words for you: New Hampshire.
One thing that's clear is that despite the fact that the GOP would rather win the election - even if by only the slim est of margins - they will settle for results that are close enough for them to steal it. That's what they are currently trying to do in Ohio (update: The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked attempts by the Republican Party to challenge the right of 200,000 new voters to cast their ballots in Ohio.) It also looks like some more Department of Justice lawyers maybe looking for new jobs (remember the last time DOJ lawyers refused to launch investigations to accommodate GOP honchos):
Are some higher-ups at the FBI, or somewhere else within DOJ, pushing back against the rapidly growing perception that the department has launched a politically-driven nationwide investigation into voter fraud [by ACORN] on the eve of an election?
The McClone ("I'm not George Bush.") campaign's robocalls may also be backfiring:
Numerous 'outraged citizens' have peppered the e-mail boxes of reporters with complaints about a mailer and robocalls sponsored by John McCain's campaign and the Republican National Committee, denouncing them as a new low in politics and an ugly, possibly racist attempt to frighten voters about Barack Obama in the closing days of the campaign.

The automated phone calls in Virginia, Nevada and possibly elsewhere and a separate direct-mail piece imply Obama will be soft on terrorists abroad and play up his links to 1960s radical William Ayers.
One thing that seems obvious truth, the Constitution, and democracy are very low on the GOP list of priorities (if they are on the list at all.)

One last note: This morning (Fri.) the New York Times reported:
Confronting an increasingly bleak electoral map, top aides to Senator John McCain said Thursday that they were searching for a 'narrow-victory scenario' and would focus in the final weeks on a dwindling number of states, using mailings, telephone calls and television advertisements to try to tear away support from Senator Barack Obama.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oct. 21: On line film showing: The End of America

From The Center for Constitutional Rights:

We are excited to announce the web release of THE END OF AMERICA - a feature-length documentary based on Naomi Wolf's bestselling book of the same name - this coming Tuesday, Oct. 21. Our own Michael Ratner and Maria LaHood as well as our client Maher Arar are featured, and CCR is privileged to partner in the online premiere of this powerful and provocative film.

Naomi Wolf, a long-time supporter and ally of CCR, set out on a national tour over the past year to discuss the evolution of America from a functional democracy into a closed, fear-driven society with a terrifying absence of due process. She lays out what she calls the 10 steps necessary to end a democracy and shows us just how close we are to completing them:

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
2. Create secret prisons where torture takes place.
3. Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system.
5. Harass citizens' groups.
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release.
7. Target key individuals.
8. Control the press.
9. Treat all political dissents as traitors.
10. Suspend the rule of law.

In her film, Naomi Wolf makes a plea for Americans to stand up and fight for our most cherished rights. One thing you can do is check out our new 100 Days Campaign (with this link) and stay tuned for ways to get involved in telling the next administration what they must to do to restore, protect and expand our constitutional rights.

You can also screen THE END OF AMERICA for your friends and neighbors one of two ways - you have a unique opportunity to get a copy of the film now before it hits stores in early 2009. Host a free public screening of the film before November 4, 2008 and they'll provide you with a free DVD. Show it at school, work or place of worship; take it to your local coffee shop or bar; urge organizations you're a member of to host a free screening. They'll send you posters and postcards to promote your event. For more information contact You can also support the project by purchasing a special Election Edition DVD, available to Center for Constitutional Rights members through this indiepix films on-line store link.

Stay tuned for [more info] next week with details of how to view THE END OF AMERICA online on Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

McClone and his temper

Here's an example of how macho McClone makes decisions (according to Katherine Zaleski at The Huffington Post):
In an interview on a St. Louis radio station, McCain said Obama's comments that "I didn't have the guts" to talk about William Ayers in the last presidential debate have "probably ensured" that the former 1960s radical will come up in Wednesday's debate.
Is that really who you want answering the infamous 3AM phone call. One thing I think we can count on is that Clone will follow his worst instincts when under pressure.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Paul Krugman wins Nobel economics prize

The AP reports that Self-described "liberal" New York Times columnist and Princeton University professor Paul Krugman
won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for his analysis of how economies of scale can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity.

Krugman has been a harsh critic of the Bush administration and the Republican Party in The New York Times, where he writes a regular column and has a blog called Conscience of a Liberal.

He has come out forcefully against John McCain during the economic meltdown, saying the Republican candidate is 'more frightening now than he was a few weeks ago' and earlier that the GOP has become 'the party of stupid.'

Oct. 15: Protest at Debate

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m.

Demonstrate at the Presidential Debate

Hofstra University (Hempstead Turnpike bt Uniondale Ave. & Oak St.)

On Wednesday, John McCain and Barack Obama will have their final debate. Join the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives outside of the debate to ensure that the people's voice is heard.

or CODEPINK NYC will meet at Penn Station for the 3:34PM train to Hempstead. There are trains at 4:32PM and 5:04PM as well.

*An immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan
*No bailout for the rich
*Moratorium on evictions and foreclosures
*No to police brutality and the prison-industrial complex
*Jobs and housing for all

The ANSWER Coalition endorses the demonstration initiated by the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives.

For information about transportation, contact ANSWER NY at 212-694-8720 or email

Friday, October 10, 2008

New blog link: Global Research

I have just added a link [on my blog] to Global Research. They describe themselves in these words:
The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of writers, scholars, journalists and activists.

The CRG is based in Montreal.

In addition to the Global Research website, the Centre is involved in book publishing, support to humanitarian projects as well as educational outreach activities including the organization of public conferences and lectures. The Centre also acts as a think tank on crucial international and geopolitical issues.

The Global Research webpage at publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on social, economic, strategic and environmental processes.

The Global Research website was established on the 9th of September 2001, two days before the tragic events of September 11. Barely a few days later, Global Research had become a major news source on the New World Order and Washington's "war on terrorism".

Since September 2001, we have established an extensive archive of news articles, in-depth reports and analysis on issues which are barely covered by the mainstream media.

TV on BBC America: "Set up to steal [your vote] again."

As I have said previously, although the Democrats are working to win the presidential election, the Republicans - although they would like to win - really only need to be close enough to steal the election. That is, after all, what they did in 2000 (after juggling votes in Florida, they still needed a Supreme Court coup) and 2004 (particularly vote stealing in Ohio). So here is a BBC America TV show about the Republican plans to steal the 2008 election. How far advanced are these plans? And what can we do to protect what's left of democracy in the U.S.?

Today (Friday), 6PM and 10PM (The show will be repeated 8am Eastern on Sunday.)
BBC-TV: "Set up to steal it again."
Is 2008 already fixed?

A lot of Europeans wonder: Why are Americans so crazy, they keep reelecting this guy?” Well the answer is, we don’t! They keep stealing these elections! And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004, and they’re all set up to steal it again! - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on BBC Television Newsnight.

On Friday at 6pm and 10pm Eastern Time, BBC America will bust open the story of the systematic attack on U.S. voters that could easily cost Barack Obama the White House. (Watch the promo below/if you are seeing this on FaceBook click here)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Video: McClone's anger and national security.

This video from Bravenewpac highlights John McClone's erratic temper and behavior.

It seems to me that since many members of the armed forces come home with serious psychological challenges it is not surprising that someone, like Clone, who was held in captivity for five years would exhibit mental difficulties. Although this should not, in general, prevent people from living full lives, I would think that the pressures of the presidency would likely bring out the worst in Clone. If his ideology and politics are not enough to turn you off his candidacy, his irrational behavior - as discussed in this video - should scare the hell out of you in a president. It's not just his singing about bombing Iran that scares me.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The fox picks a foxlet to guard the chicken koop

According to the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Sec'y Henry Paulson has picked an old Goldman Sachs buddy - Neel Kashkari - to run the Wall Street holdup. These guys are not just planning a simple bank holdup, but they are planning to invade the national treasury. They are planning to mug us all. And they're keeping it in the family. And one thing is clear - as it has been from the beginning - they think they can get away with anything.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Some friends on voting: a video

Here are some people you might recognize urging you to register and vote:

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Oct. 10: Emergency Town Hall: An Offer We Can't Refuse?: Progressives Respond to the Wall Street Crisis

We're still in Texas (Temple) but after that bizzare vice-presidential debate last Thursday and the Congressional approval of the taxpayer bailout of Wall Street here is something you should know about.

Friday, October 10, 7:00 pm

An Offer We Can't Refuse?: Progressives Respond to the Wall Street Crisis: An Emergency Town Hall

William Greider, Arun Gupta, Doug Henwood, Naomi Klein & Frances Fox Piven

Brecht Forum
451 West Street
(bt Bank and Bethune Sts)

Seats are limited. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets. We're making every effort to convince CSPAN to broadcast this event and we'll also be making the proceedings available for listening online. Watch this space for details.

Co-sponsor: The Nation

The 10 scariest words you’ll ever hear:
“I am from Wall Street and I need your money”

The recent dizzying events on Wall Street and in Washington have left many progressives feeling outrage, unease, and, frankly, bafflement. How dare Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs (which raked in profits of $5.6 billion in 2005 under his watch), come to taxpayers with palms outstretched, demanding $700 billion with no strings attached? What should we make of the dire pronouncements that, should the people refuse the demands of King Henry and his courtiers on both sides of Congress, another Great Depression will be upon us? What are credit default swaps, anyway, and if they're worthless, why should we care? And what is the relationship between the crisis on Wall Street and the foreclosures and job losses gripping working-class communities across the country? To address these urgent questions and move toward a concerted progressive response, The Nation and the Brecht Forum are convening this emergency forum of leading left voices on economics and grassroots politics.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15