Saturday, March 20, 2004
The first President Bush appointed me as Ambassador to two African countries and President Clinton put me in charge of African Affairs at the National Security Council. So when this President Bush's Administration sent me to Africa to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy materials for weapons of mass destruction, I was ready to serve.
But I wasn't ready to keep quiet when this President misled the nation in his State of the Union Address. Because of that, leakers in the Bush White House illegally revealed that my wife worked in the CIA - endangering her life and that of my family. They tried to intimidate me and others who were willing to speak up and tell the truth.
Some people have said I was courageous to speak truth to the power of the Bush White House. But let me tell you, what I have done doesn't hold a candle to the courage that John Kerry showed as a young man and throughout his political career. I am supporting him for President because he has been willing to tell the truth no matter what the pressure. He is ready to restore truth and honor to the White House. And I hope that everyone else who is outraged by this Administration and who wants to change America will join me in doing all you can to make John Kerry our next President.
In deciding on the best candidate to support in next year's election, I looked for qualities that are important in a President: leadership, experience and courage. There are many candidates who possess admirable traits but only one who has summoned the nerve to stand up to our government and for what's right over and over again: John Kerry.
To speak out against bad policies after a career of accomplishments, as I recently did, is a civic duty. To do so as a young person, as John Kerry did, in the face of the unremitting official hostility to end a bad war, is truly inspiring. John Kerry didn't have to go to Vietnam. He volunteered and served bravely earning a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. And when he came home as a decorated hero, he didn't have to fight the war. But John Kerry helped lead the fight to end the war, he earned the wrath of Richard Nixon and his cronies, and he won the respect of Americans for his courage.
Throughout his career in public service he has been ready to hold government accountable again and again. He blew the whistle on Ronald Reagan and Oliver North's secret war in Central America. He exposed Manuel Noriega's drug laundering operation. And he wrote a nationally acclaimed book on fighting global terrorism long before September 11th.
John Kerry is a decorated veteran, an experienced public servant, and a man of integrity. But most of all, he has the personal courage and integrity that I want in the leader of our great nation.
George Bush's Administration has betrayed our trust - I know that personally. I am honored to endorse John Kerry and to commit myself to his campaign to wrest our democracy back from those who have so squandered the public trust.
I hope you will join us.
- Joe Wilson
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
1) You have to believe that the nation's 8-year prosperity prior to W's
administration was due to the work of Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush,
but that today's growing deficit and rising gas prices are all Clinton's fault.
2) You have to believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own.
3) You have to be against government programs, except Social Security
checks on time.
4) You have to believe that government should stay out of people's lives, yet you want government to regulate your personal sexual and reproductive decisions.
5) You have to believe that pollution is ok, so long as it makes a profit.
6) You have to believe in prayer in schools, as long as you don't pray to Allah or Buddha.
7) You love Jesus and Jesus loves you and, by the way, Jesus shares your
hatred of AIDS victims, homosexuals, and former President Clinton.
8) You have to believe that society is colorblind and growing up black in
America doesn't diminish your opportunities, but you still won't vote for Alan Keyes.
9) You have to believe that it was wise to allow Ken Starr to spend $50 million dollars to attack Clinton because no other U.S. presidents or Republican men have ever been unfaithful to their wives.
10) You have to believe that a waiting period for purchasing a handgun is bad because quick access to a new firearm is an important concern for all Americans.
11) You have to believe it is wise to keep condoms out of schools, because we all know if teenagers don't have condoms they won't have sex.
12) You have to believe that the ACLU is bad because they defend the Constitution, while the NRA is good because they defend the Constitution.
13) You have to believe the AIDS virus is not important enough to deserve
federal funding proportionate to the resulting death rate and that the public doesn't need to be educated about it, because if we just ignore it, it will go away.
14) You have to believe that biology teachers are corrupting the morals of
6th graders if they teach them the basics of human sexuality, but the Bible,
which is full of sex and violence, is good reading and right on the mark.
15) You have to believe that Chinese communist missiles have killed more
Americans than handguns, alcohol, and tobacco.
16) You have to believe that even though governments have supported the
arts for 5000 years and that most of the great works of Renaissance art
were paid for by governments, our government should shun any such support. After all, the rich can afford to buy their own art and the poor don't need any.
17) You have to believe that the lumber from the last one percent of old growth U.S. forests is well worth the destruction of those forests and the
extinction of the several species of plants and animals therein.
18) You have to believe that we should forgive and pray for Newt Gingrich, Henry Hyde, and Bob Livingston for their marital infidelities, but that bastard Clinton should have been impeached.
19) You have to believe that George W. Bush really won the last election.
Momentum is building around the world for the Global Day of Action against War and Occupation on March 20, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. bombing and invasion of Iraq.
On that day, people on every continent will take to the streets to say YES to peace and NO to pre-emptive war and occupation. Joining with growing numbers of military families and soldiers, we will call for an end to the occupation of Iraq and Bush’s militaristic foreign policies, and highlight the linkages between the occupations of Iraq and Palestine. March 20 will be the first time the world's "other superpower," as The New York Times described us, will take center stage since February 15, when more than 15 million people across the globe expressed their opposition to Bush's looming war on Iraq.
Saturday, March 06, 2004
Time to choose a running mate
By The Associated Press
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
Her memoirs have sold millions and national polls show the New York senator and former first lady remains one of the most popular Democratic figures. But Clinton also has high negative ratings, in part because of the aggressive role she played promoting former President Clinton (news - web sites)'s far-reaching health care agenda and cutting down his critics. Kerry shouldn't need help in winning Democratic-leaning New York.
Retired four-star general and former NATO (news - web sites) commander makes him a credible wartime candidate, the same qualities already provided by Kerry — a decorated Vietnam veteran with experience in international affairs. But Clark is not a smooth campaigner and he stumbled several times while trying to explain his views on Iraq (news - web sites) and abortion. Raised in Arkansas, he is a Southerner who could be popular with moderates, conservatives and those who value a Washington outsider.
The North Carolina senator and former trial lawyer raised his prospects as a running mate with a strong performance as runner-up to Kerry. His Southern roots and populist message provide balance to Kerry's Northeastern background and patrician upbringing, and exit polls showed he appealed strongly to Republicans and independents. But Kerry may want someone outside the Senate to gain maximum national appeal and there are questions about how well the two get along.
One of California's two female senators and a former mayor of San Francisco, Feinstein entered the Senate in 1992 to finish the two years remaining of Gov. Pete Wilson's term. Despite a new Republican governor in Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites), the state will likely again swing heavily Democratic, making a California politician on the ticket little extra comfort for Kerry.
The longtime Missouri congressman would bring a lengthy political resume and regional balance to Kerry's Northeastern background. Gephardt's working class roots and devotion to organized labor play well in key states such as Ohio and Michigan, but Kerry may be looking for a running mate who isn't a creature of the Capitol; Gephardt has served in the House since 1977. Gephardt's two failed presidential bids also raise questions about how much he could broaden the appeal of a Democratic ticket.
Twice elected governor, the three-term Florida senator never lost a statewide contest in more than 35 years. Graham, who has announced he's retiring from the Senate, could help Kerry win one of the campaign's biggest prizes. Kerry has said Graham would be on anyone's list of potential running mates, but the senator, with his exhaustive notebooks, may not be a good fit.
As a Southerner and a woman, the second-term senator from Louisiana appeals to two obvious constituencies for Democrats. Landrieu showed some mettle in 2002 by hanging on to win a close re-election campaign in an increasingly conservative state against a Republican who was heavily touted by President Bush (news - web sites). A moderate on some issues, Landrieu could provide regional balance to Kerry's image as a Northeastern liberal.
Like Landrieu, the first-term Arkansas senator could help Kerry win votes from women and Southerners. She won a seat in the U.S. House in 1992 but left after four years to raise her twin sons. She returned to Congress in 1998 as a senator, where she emerged as a voice for farmers and rural families, but has little name recognition.
The first-term governor of Arizona could attract female voters and provide geographic balance as a Westerner, particularly from a Republican-leaning state. As a former attorney general and federal prosecutor, she also provides credentials as a crime-fighter. But Napolitano, 46, has maintained a low profile and hails from a state with few electoral votes.
A centrist senator from Florida serving his first term, Nelson might help deflect charges that Kerry is too liberal, but he is unknown outside of the state. Nelson — in politics since 1972 and the winner of 11 elections for three offices — could help secure Florida's electoral votes.
The chairman and CEO of mortgage lender Fannie Mae, Raines served two years in the Clinton administration as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Raines, a Rhodes Scholar and former economic adviser in the Carter administration, was mentioned as a possible running mate to Al Gore (news - web sites) in 2000. Having Raines, who is black, on the ticket could help bring in minority votes for Kerry, but Raines is relatively unknown outside Washington.
The first-term Pennsylvania governor and former Philadelphia mayor hails from a battleground state that Al Gore won by 5 percentage points in 2000. A former chairman of the Democratic Party, Rendell is credited with steering Philadelphia from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1990s. He now works with a GOP-dominated legislature and takes positions appealing to social liberals and business advocates. He would be only the second Jewish candidate on a Democratic ticket after Joe Lieberman (news - web sites) in 2000.
The first-term governor of New Mexico would be the first Hispanic on a Democratic ticket, appealing to the nation's largest minority group and voters in the Southwest. Richardson served as Energy secretary in the Clinton White House, but his tenure was tainted by the botched prosecution of scientist Wen Ho Lee (news - web sites), who was charged with mishandling classified information and imprisoned for nine months. Lee pleaded guilty to one felony count of mishandling information and is now suing Richardson for defamation of character for allegedly leaking Lee's name to the media.
A former Treasury secretary under President Clinton, Rubin was viewed by many business leaders as the linchpin behind economic policies that fostered the nation's economic boom. He spent most of his life as a Wall Street trader at Goldman Sachs before joining the Clinton team. He's now a top executive at financial giant Citigroup.
The second-term Iowa governor has attained prominence as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and was credited with helping Al Gore narrowly win the state in 2000. He did not formally back any of the Democratic candidates during the Iowa caucuses, but his wife Christie endorsed Kerry. Vilsack has dismissed questions about his interest in the vice presidency, but last month he delivered a scathing speech denouncing President Bush's economic policies.
The first-term Virginia governor may be a Southern transplant (he grew up in Connecticut) but his dogged determination traveling throughout the rural and mountainous areas of Virginia helped him win back former Democratic strongholds that had turned Republican. But Virginia is a Republican-leaning state and Warner's personal appeal may not translate into votes for Kerry in the South.
To me one is standing out, from the rest of the candidates for the running mate position. And I'm going to spare you the giant speech and get to who I think Kerry needs to choose. Mary Landrieu. I know that she can beat the bush machine. She did it in her own state to win her Senate seat back. After Bush swept the 2002 election she won her seat back in a run off election, after extreme amounts of campaigning by Bush. And if Kerry Keeps the Gore states and she can pull off her home state (Which she has proven she can do) we are looking at an electoral tie... which means we only need one more state. But I think she has what it takes on a larger scale. Not only will she win LA but she will win everywhere. I can just see Oprah watching house-wifes rushing to the polls with their mini-vans and all, right now. And this is no Mondale. Ferraro was not personable and was not good looking. Those are key qualities of Mary Landrieu. Because it's really all about the looks...
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Kerry wins nomination!
Well, it looks like Kerry will be taking on Bush in 2004.
I think the primaries are over. Kerry has proven he can win all over the country. That was really all he had to prove after winning every state so far except two in the south. Now we know "He can win in the south."
I endorsed John Edwards for the nomination but it is over now and I must get over it. Kerry will be the nominee. He may not be the best democrat in the field but, he is the one. The chosen one... If you will.
Now we must focus on beating Bush and not the other democratic candidates. We don't need to be beating our selves up anymore. In fact, we must STOP NOW. Lets not give Karl Rove anything to go on.
Now he may not be perfect. He may have voted for the war. He may have some skeletons in the closet. But I want you to think about this... Who was the last Democrat to run for President that was also a Senator from Massachusetts? What are John Kerry's initials? Just picture this JFK vs. Bush.
I can't wait. Oh wait... the time is now. The wait is over, we have our nominee. Let's go pull some Bushes out of the ground! GO KERRY!
Monday, March 01, 2004
Stern turns on Bush; Gets taken off the air by Clear Channel
Stern: Bush Behind Effort to 'Fire' Him
Radio shock jock Howard Stern, suspended from his program by mega-network Clear Channel, says he fears the recent action is really a firing, not a time out.
And he's blaming President Bush for it.
"I might be taken off all the stations very soon, and my last words to you are 'G.W.B.'," Stern railed to his listeners, according to a report by John Mainelli of the New York Post.
"Get him out of office. I'm tellin' you, man, he's in dangerous territory [with] a religious agenda and you gotta vote him out. Anyone but Bush," Stern complained.
Stern had his program yanked from six Clear Channel stations until, company execs say, "we are assured that his show will conform to acceptable standards of responsible broadcasting." But Stern says he believes his hiatus will become permanent.
Stern played a segment of Clear Channel's CEO testifying before a congressional indecency hearing on Thursday, then declared, "It doesn't sound like I'm going to be asked back."
Meanwhile John Hogan fired Florida's "Bubba the Love Sponge" on the eve of those hearings, declaring, "The Bubbas of the world and the Howard Sterns of the world are the exception rather than the rule, and they will no longer have a platform on our stations."
He added he was "ashamed" of both programs.
Stern complained he couldn't reach anyone at Clear Channel to find out the status of his employment.
"I don't even know what's going on [with Clear Channel]. They haven't called us. We've put in a couple of calls to them," he said.
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What do you think, was Bush behind this effort? I don't think it was Bush but I do think it was a combination of things.
-Of coarse, now everyone is freaked out about boobies because of Janet Jackson and her ... Whatever you like to call it. I got news for you America, there are lots of boobs out there. About 6 billion of them. Get over it and change the channel. Really, I hear these parents talking about how their kids were watching and how that was so inappropriate. I dare one of them to walk down the hall at their kids school. I will tell you what, a glimpse of a boob is nothing, compared to what you would hear walking down the hall of public schools today.
-Stern did turn on Bush. A few days before he was fired, Stern endorsed Kerry. And now as you just read he is REALLY angry at the administration. I don't think Bush said "get him off air" and it happened, but Clear Channel happens to be big supporters of Bush. So I bet someone high up was not just tired of all the sex talk (which is all his show is about) but tired of the Bush bashing.
As long as you can change the channel... We don't need this kind of censorship.