Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hooks and Crooks

An indictment on seven criminal charges was filed today against Senator Ted (I didn't do it) Stevens. Senator Stevens became a Utube wonder last year when he described the Internet as being a series of tubes. "Uncle Teddy" has been charges with illegal gift taking, lying to authorities . These felonies could actually result in prison time if convicted.

But don't feel too sorry for the old boy because he will have oodles of buddies in prison to help pass the time. US Congressman Rick Renzi, who just happens to be Senator John McCain's campaign manager in Arizona, is being charged with money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion. He got caught up in what is known as the Arizona Land Swap......a scandal that even John McCain was investigated for. Now don't get that mixed up with the Keating's Savings and Loan Scandal. That was a totally different scandal that John McCain was involved with. Four Senators and McCain attended meetings of the Federal Home Loan Banking Board on Keating's behalf hoping to find out if Keating, a well known Arizona developer was going to lose his Saving & Loan. Later when the Senate Ethnics Committee investigated the role the five Senators played, McCain excuses himself as being the Senator from Keating's home state Arizona.

Randall "Duke" Cunningham
Ted Stevens might prefer to spent some time with Randall "Duke" Cunningham. The worst of the worst. Old "Dukie Boy" was a sidekick of Jack Abramoff, famous Washington Lobbyist who eventually would take out a handful of Republicans all by himself. Duke from the House of Representatives, California 50th district plead guilty in 2005 to accepting $2.4 million in bribes. He was convicted of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and income tax evasion. Duke was sentenced to 8.5 years and ordered to re-pay $1.8 million.

Robert "William" Ney (Bob)
Robert "William" Ney, Catholic, Republican Congressman from Ohio was another side kick of Jack Abramoff. Ney resigned in 2006 after pleading guilty to conspiracy and making false statements to authorities. Ney had already been identified in the guilty pleas of Jack Amramoff, Tony Rudy, chief of staff to Tom Delay, Michael Scanlon, Press Secretary to Tom Delay and Niel Volz, chief of staff to Bob Ney. Congressman Ney would be sentenced to 30 months in prison. Ney, the so called Mayor of Capital Hill gained notoriety when he insisted changing the name of "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries". He was angry over France's refusal to becoming one of Bush's coalition members.

Robert "Alphonso" Taft 11
Robert Taft holds the distinction of being the first Ohio Governor ever to be convicted of a crime. In August of 2005 he pleaded no contest stemming from his failure to disclose gifts and money from paid lobbyists. He was fined $4000 plus court cost. He could have been impeached but remained in office till the end of his term. He was reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court and that reprimand remains attached to his license to practice law in the state of Ohio.

Tom Delay
Probably the worst by far is the Hammer....he thought he could do anything he dammed well pleased. Fancied himself the end all to beat all, and all of the Republicans worshipped him (or were afraid of him, take your pick). Re-arranging voting districts of Texas like it was a God given assignment. This guy took so many "presents" from Lobbyists it's hard to keep track. It was only a matter of time before they got him. He intervene into the Schiavo case, calling the removal of a feeding tube barbaric. How many know that Tom Delay did the very same thing to his father. Hypocritical to say the least. He hates Castro but doesn't mind smoking Cuban cigars. One of Tom Delays best friend is Jack Abramoff ....let's not go into that again...Jack is in prison and Tom Delay should follow with any real luck. Tom Delay married K Street and the both of them have been entangled ever since, it's a sick, sick relationship to say the of the reasons why nothing ever gets down in the government. So far he has spent zero time in jail...that's too bad; it is where he belongs. In the same cell as Jackie Boy.

Special Mention must go to the following
1.Scooter Libby Convicted on the Valarie Plame Case....pardoned by the Unpopular Bush
2. Jack Abramoff...from all bad thing flow
3. Kenneth Lay...died before sentencing...millions lost all their savings because of him (Enron)

Character Humiliation
1. Rush shopping for addictive Oxycodone & Hydrocodone...$30,000 should have gone to prison.
2. Ted Haggard so called preacher to Bush and practicing Homosexuality and drug user; entered rehab to be to cured of this homosexuality.
3. Mark Foley, Congressman who preyed on congressional pages.
4. Larry Graig. Senator from Idaho pleaded guilty to sexual charges.

In the Future we might see
1. Paul Wolfowitz brought up on charges
2. Alberto Gonzales
3. Karl Rove
4. Donald Rumsfeld
More than likely on incompetence or at the very least failure to do their duty to the America.

In the coming years we may see many, many more individual brought before justice.

When the American people vote for their next President don't be afraid of change. Change means growth; and growth is good. Forget all the smears you hear, forget all the commercials, listen to the words when a candidate speaks them. These are the words that come from the heart. If a candidate reads a teleprompter, these are not words coming from their heart, they are coming from another's pen. May God grant you the wisdom to choose the person who will best unite this country, it has been divided for such a long, long time. The most important thing you may ever do in your life time is to choose a President that will be good for your children....we owe them that. When you go into that booth your last thoughts should not be of party, loyalty, past relationships, it should be of what is best for your children.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Big Oil

At Least 22 Top McCain Advisers & Fundraisers Have Lobbied For Big Oil

McCain's Big Oil Lobbyists

Rebecca Anderson
Women for McCain Steering Committee
Williams & Jensen


Wayne Berman
National Finance Co-Chairman
Ogilvy Government Relations

Amerada Hess Chevron Texaco American Petroleum Institute

Charlie Black
Senior Political Adviser

Occidental Petroleum Corp. Yukos Oil Chinese National Off-Shore Oil Corp.

Carlos Bonilla*
Economic Adviser
Washington Group

Chesapeake Energy

Eric Burgeson**
Barbour Griffith & Rogers


Kerry Cammack
Cammack and Strong

Exxon Mobil

Frank Donatelli
McCain Pick as Deputy RNC Chair
McGuire Woods

Exxon Mobil Dominion Resources

Melissa Edwards
Washington Group
Chesapeake Energy

John Green
Congressional Liaison
Ogilvy Government Relations

Amerada-Hess Chevon Texaco El Paso Energy American Petroleum Institute

Robert Harding
Greenberg Traurig

Chevron Murphy Oil Phillips Petroleum Company***

Richard Hohlt
Hohlt and Associates


James "Jim" Hyland
Pennsylvania Avenue Group

BP America Independent Fuel Terminal Operators Assoc. Occidental Petroleum Corp.

Peter Madigan
Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart
Shell Oil

Susan Molinari
Women for McCain Steering Committee
Washington Group
Chesapeake Energy

Jack Oliver
Bryan Cave Strategies
Shell Oil

Nancy Pfotenhauer
Koch Industries

Koch Industries

Steve Phillips
DLA Piper
BP America Occidental Petroleum

Elise Pickering
Women for McCain Steering Committee
Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti

Koch Industries

Sloan Rappoport
Downey McGrath Group

Koch Industries

Matt Salmon
Greenberg Traurig
El Paso Energy

Randy Scheunemann
Defense and Foreign Policy Coordinator
Scheunemann and Associates
BP Amoco

Jeffrey Weiss

Yukos Oil Company

Did you ever wonder why Republicans always give big Tax Breaks to Oil Companies?

Well you don't have to wonder any longer.

Maybe part of those high gas prices are paying for McCain's Attack Ads.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Word According to McCain

Dateline: May 16th, 2008 John McCain is a guest on Fox News Hannity Show. McCain states he would only cut taxes and would never, never raise taxes. Hannity asked McCain "NEVER", and McCain replies "NEVER"

Dateline: July 7th, 2008
John McCain at a Denver Town hall Meeting. Senator Obama will raise all your taxes, but I promise you my friends, I will never, never raise your taxes. My friends, I promise you this.

Dateline: July 29, 2008 McCain changes his mind (flip-flops) so to speak and announces that he will raise payroll taxes on Social Security, despite the angry rebukes from his own Republican Colleagues.

OK, let's not panic, stay calm, breath. The possibilities are as follows.

1. He lied to Hannity at Fox News.

2. He didn't remember what he told Hannity.

3. He didn't want Denver to know he was raising the payroll tax.

4. He knew his fellow GOP would be _issed.

5. He knows the people will be pis_ed.

Dateline: January 4, 2008. Derry, New Hampshire Town Hall Meeting

Question. Bush says 50 years in Iraq, true?

McCain. Make that a hundred. Look we been in Korea 50 years. And in

Japan for sixty years, so why not 100 years in Iraq.

Dateline: January 25, 2008 CNN interview: Situation Room

Wolf Blitzer: The Iraq government has embraced Obama's time table of 16 months.

McCain: Malki says it's a pretty good time table. He then added "it's a pretty good time table based on ground conditions.

What did He say?

John McCain just went from 100 years to 16 month, based on ground conditions.

Let's take stock here.

According the videos posted at the beginning of the article.

John has flip- flopped on Gay Marriage, Ethanol, No Taxes Increases, Iraq War Time line. We know if elected the Republicans will not improve Veteran's Benefits, Health Care will fall by the wayside, Education will continued to flounder, Infrastructure will continue to deteriorate, the rich will again get the tax breaks, the middle class will not. Jobs will continue to leave the United States for Columbia and Mexico because of unprotected Free Trade Agreements, Our Seniors will continue to suffer and our economy will stay in the toilet right where President Bush put it.

Don't you just love politics.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hey Senator Surge

Time for a little "truth" telling Senator Surge. For the last several months we have been listening to you saturate the airwaves with nonsense that you and you alone can protect this nation.

While, you have taken sole credit for the "surge" in Iraq you have failed to realize that the downturn of violence in Iraq has lead to an increase of violence in Afghanistan.

Indeed, in the last two months there have been more deaths in Afghanistan than in Iraq. It is widely known amongst coalition forces that Al-Qaeda is now in Afghanistan providing logistics and financing to the Taliban. Several days ago nine US soldiers were killed and fifteen others were wounded when the Taliban attached a US forward base in Kunar province. Insurgents in Pakistan are crossing the border into Afghanistan to join the fighting. That's the Afghan/Pakistan border, not the Iraq/Pakistan border as you wrongly asserted on Good Morning America. In order to secure a border you must first know where said border is. Senator Obama has been calling for reinforcements for Afghanistan for the last sixteen months. You on the other hand waited until a progress report on the security and stability in Afghanistan went to the Congress several weeks ago. It was only at this point that you considered more troops were needed in Afghanistan. Michael E. O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institute and the International Crisis Group's joint study on terrorism have described Afghanistan as extremely volatile. My friend, my friend if you had attended even one committee meeting on Afghanistan you would have realized months ago the deteriorating state of this forgotten war. Of course Senator your absence at every meeting was duly noted.

For someone who has staked his whole campaign on the Iraq war, I was utterly astounded when you told Katie Couric of CBS that the Anbar or Sunni Awakening followed the Surge, when in reality the Anbar Awakening preceded the Surge by almost four months. My friend that is a matter of recorded history.

Joe Klein of Time Magazine stated McCain's assertions as"pure nonsense"

In the beginning you promised the Nation a very civil and respectful campaign. You criticized Senator Obama for not visiting Iraq. Now that he has done that you criticized him for going. Was this jealousy on your part? Several weeks ago you visited Canada and Columbia to promote Free Trade. No criticism there, right John. Yesterday, you accused Senator Obama of being willing to lose a war in order to win the Presidency. More respect on your part, Senator? You accused him of putting the Nation at risk because of his inexperience. This must be the civility you spoke of several months ago. The only Candidate who has Presidential experience is one who is running for a second term. But even with all these remarks and derogatory insults about Obama that are coming out of your own mouth, Senator Obama continues to tell the people that you Sir are a war hero. That is respect Senator McCain. You seemed to have forgotten what respect means. You, Sir have fallen drastically short of the campaign you promised in the beginning.

You have surrounded yourself with campaign advisers of questionable reputations. Charlie Black's lobbying firm has represented dictators like Marcos, Mobutu of Zaire and Savimbi of Angola. Carly Fiorina while with HP tried to circumvent the trade boycott of Iran. Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham were both advising Vets for Freedom, a 527 group not unlike The Swift Boat Vets . And yet these are the advisers who have been allowed to stay with your campaign.

I could point out many more gaffes you have made in the last two months, but the only thing I must add is your shameful reputation and voting record when it comes to representing the Veterans of this country. You receive a 100% disability pension, tax free I might add, and you have denied every improvement that these brave men, not only need but surely deserve. How any one millionaire veteran like yourself allows other veteran to be homeless is beyond comprehension.

My friend, my friend please explained to the Veterans of American how Walter Reed Surgical Hospital once the "Crown Jewel" of the US Military has become known as the Dungeons of Building 18, under your watch.

Now that the cameras are focusing on you, an apology and I'll do better somehow just doesn't cut the mustard; it's what you did when no one was looking that counts.