Monday, November 20, 2006
Cross Your Fingers on the Senate Bill!
This article in Salon.com's "War Room" by Tim Grieve and Michael Scherer is a must-read, so I am printing it below (It is very short, so don't despair).
I love Harry Reid's initiative to make lying on political literature and lying in robo-calls criminal offenses. This will certainly apply in Delaware, and Greg Chambers (among others) better look out. He lied repeatedly about Harris McDowell starting with where he lived and where he worked.
Message to Chambers: you may be facing criminal charges real soon baby! Hey, now that I think about it, the jerks on WDEL may also be affected by this law. Wouldn't that be a hoot?! Killing two birds (i.e., chicken hawks) with one stone. The article:
Reid Vows Legislation on Robo-Calls, Phony Sample Ballot
by Tim Grieve and Michael Scherer
Remember those abusive Republican robo-calls and the sample ballots that suggested -- falsely -- that Michael Steele is a Democrat? The soon-to-be Senate majority leader does, and he's prepared to do something about them.
In a breakfast meeting sponsored by the American Prospect, Harry Reid told reporters today that the calls and the phony campaign literature were "absolutely wrong," and that one of the first 10 bills he introduces in the next Senate will deal with such abuses. "We need to make these criminal penalties," Reid said, saying that civil liability was apparently not enough to deter what happened in the run-up to last week's election.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, is pushing the Justice Department to explain what, exactly, it's going to do about last week's reports of voter intimidation and trickery. Schumer raised the issue today with Civil Rights Division chief Wan Kim, who was appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he has followed up with a letter to Alberto Gonzales and other department officials in which he describes some of the "egregious attempts to block access to the ballot during this yearÂs campaign season." Among them: "In Maryland, groups of people were brought in buses from out of state and paid to distribute sample ballots that misleadingly suggested that Republican gubernatorial and Senate candidates were Democratic candidates. In Arizona, three men were observed intimidating Hispanic voters by stopping and questioning them outside a Tucson polling place. Virginia voters suffered through a campaign of phone calls, currently being investigated by the FBI, that wrongly informed voters that they were not registered and would face criminal charges if they appeared at their polling places."
Schumer says that he's unhappy with the "lack of precision" in the answers Kim was able to provide today, and he wants to hear more from the department. For starters, he wants to know how many attorneys the department has assigned to "to address acts of voter intimidation and voter deception related to last week's mid-term election."
Call it a reminder of what oversight looks like -- and the sort of thing that Gonzales and other Bush administration officials probably ought to expect a little more frequently when Schumer & Co. start controlling the Senate's agenda in January.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Republicans: No Humility
Check this out, I have been listening to all of the right-wing talk show hosts since the election waiting for them to eat crow. It's our right. You know, like in sports after a team loses you walk the line and give high fives to the other players while reciting "good game, good game."
I have been waiting for them to admit they were wrong, wrong, wrong. I now realize it ain't gonna happen. I am hearing bitterness, excuses, and locally (WDEL) with Dick and Germ, pathetic statistics. We all know that if the Dems lost like this, they would acknowlege defeat, wish their opponents the best, and talk about setting a new agenda--which is what they did two years ago.
What do I hear from Hannity, Limbaugh (who cost the R's Missouri) and Dick and Germ: new attacks on Democrats and excuses. They honestly don't have a clue as to what the American people want. They don't have their daily Republican talking points and they are lost! Absolutely clueless! I must say, DDs, I am lovin' it :)
Please remember, it is going to take some time to clean up the mess this Bush admistration has created. The environment is in deep peril, the government is bankrupt, and the rich are getting richer. I hope the American people give us a chance and give us the time we need to make things right. Fair and right.
Love you DDs,'
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
WDEL IDIOTS MUST GO!
Don't believe that Gerry Fulcher represents Democracts. He is not an insider, no one in the party worth their salt shares any information with him. He is completely illinformed and ignorant.
Today he is a bitter, nasty, ignorant man (true colors) who won't admit that he has no power and no effect on the good folks in Delaware. I guess Cathy Cloutier shot him down last night too.
Let's boycott WDEL and get these idiots off the radio. Rick Jenson is the program manager, Gerry Fulcher is rumored to be a dirty New York cop who, God knows why, managed to get a spot on the show.
They are so ill informed and basically parrot Republican talking points every day. There is no balance, no fairness. They are most likely violating FCC law regulating electioneering because they obviously campaign for their chosen candidates, yet don't give equal time to the opponents.
But now that I think about it... almost everyone they champion and almost everyone who has appeared on their show lost yesterday! Maybe we do want to keep them around just for that reason :) Go on their show and you are guaranteed to lose!
It is a great day for Democrats!