The NeoCons are Organizing

September 22, 2008

PBS has a poll that asks: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be VP?  The Right Wing has organized a yes vote, and it is piling up and will be quoted, we can be sure.  54% (as of today) say YES.  Let’s turn this around….. You don’t have to give your name or email address in order to vote. It’s very simple.

Here’s the link:
http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html
Please pass this on to others.


60 Minutes Interview UNCOVERED

September 22, 2008

This is from PhillipWeiss.com

Since Kevin and Paul are leaving this week to go listen to Ah,adinejad I thought it would be appropiate to post this here.

Report: ’60 Minutes’ Cut Ahmadinejad’s Statement, ‘Solution Is Democracy’ in Israel/Palestine

The interview that Mike Wallace did of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 2 years ago was aired on C-Span recently, and a diligent blogger has reported on what “60 Minutes” cut out of the interview when it aired. When Wallace confronted Ahmadinejad with the “wipe Israel off the map” threats, Ahmadinejad said that “the solution is democracy” in Israel and Palestine, a suggestion that he favors a one-state solution. I agree with blogger Tom Murphy that “60″‘s edits misrepresent Ahmadinejad’s thrust, making him out to be far more confrontational than he is, especially after Wallace promised Ahmadinejad that he would listen to his complete answers to questions. And yes, that this amounts to “suppression of basic facts concerning Israel and the Palestinians.”

Here’s Murphy’s data:

The text in red was edited out of the 60 Minutes broadcast:

MR. WALLACE: You are very good at filibustering. You still have not answered the question. You still have not answered the question. Israel must be wiped off the map. Why?

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Well, don’t be hasty, sir. I’m going to get to that.

MR. WALLACE: I’m not hasty.

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: I think that the Israeli government is a fabricated government and I have talked about the solution. The solution is democracy. We have said allow Palestinian people to participate in a free and fair referendum to express their views. What we are saying only serves the cause of durable peace. We want durable peace in that part of the world. A durable peace will only come about with once the views of the people are met.

So we said that allow the people of Palestine to participate in a referendum to choose their desired government, and of course, for the war to come an end as well. Why are they refusing to allow this to go ahead? Even the Palestinian administration and government which has been elected by the people is being attacked on a daily basis, and its high-ranking officials are assassinated and arrested. Yesterday, the speaker of the Palestinian parliament was arrested, elected by the people, mind you. So how long can this go on?

We believe that this problem has to be dealt with fundamentally. I believe that the American government is blindly supporting this government of occupation. It should lift its support, allow the people to participate in free and fair elections. Whatever happens let it be. We will accept and go along. The result will be as you said earlier, sir.

MR. WALLACE: Look, I mean no disrespect. Let’s make a deal. I will listen to your complete answers if you’ll stay for all of my questions. My concern is that we might run out of time.

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Well, you’re free to ask me any questions you please, and I am hoping that I’m free to be able to say whatever is on my mind. You are free to put any question you want to me, and of course, please give me the right to respond fully to your questions to say what is on my mind.

Do you perhaps want me to say what you want me to say? Am I to understand –

MR. WALLACE: No.

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: So if that is the case, then I ask you to please be patient.

MR. WALLACE: I said I’ll be very patient.

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Maybe these are words that you don’t like to hear, Mr. Wallace.

MR. WALLACE: Why? What words do I not like to hear? [the words highlighted in red and edited out of the interview]

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Because I think that you’re getting angry.

MR. WALLACE: No, I couldn’t be happier for the privilege of sitting down with the president of Iran.


Gas Prices Food Prices – We’re Living in a Mess

September 22, 2008

Now I love anything that promotes bike use.  Especially since today the District is hosting the “don’t drive to work day”.  But seriously folks this economic crisis is raising gas and FOOD prices…may American families are feeling the pinch.  We can have a little humor about it as long as we remember that the question of whether to drive to work that week or buy groceries is a REAL ONE.


Jewish Community disenvites Palin

September 22, 2008

I actually was on the bus Friday and heard a woman talking about this….really stirring up the Jewish community.

Stop Sarah Palin at non-partisan Iran rally

Logo ImageSarah Palin is scheduled to headline Monday’s rally in New York of Americans Jews concerned about the threat Iran poses to the United States and Israel.

Sarah Palin at a rally to unify American Jews on Iran? Really?

Palin stands diametrically opposed to the majority of American Jews on nearly all issues – including on Iran. With just a few days left before the rally, we have no time to lose.

Click here right now to tell rally organizer Malcolm Hoenlein that Monday’s rally is no place for partisan politics.

Dealing with Iran is an issue of major concern in the American Jewish community, and we believe that the best to way to deal with the Iranian nuclear program and support for terror is smart, tough U.S. led diplomacy. But even if we disagree on the best way to deal with Iran, Sarah Palin is the wrong choice to speak at a unity rally.

She doesn’t represent the American Jewish community’s views on Israel or any other issues.

  • Sarah Palin does not have the experience or the credibility to offer any real solutions to the Iran issue. In the little time she has been in the national spotlight, she has instead advocated for right-wing views on Iran that would not keep Israel or the U.S. safe. She disagrees with the consensus of five former U.S. Secretaries of State that the best way to address the Iranian nuclear program and support for terror is through tough, smart U.S. led diplomacy, not just saber rattling and tough talk. [1]
  • Sarah Palin’s views on abortion, the environment, and just about every other issue are out of step with the American Jewish community.  [2]
  • Sarah Palin’s church had a speaker from Jews for Jesus come to speak as recently as a month ago. [3]

This is an incredibly important time to make the case for the right way to deal with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and show a Jewish community united in the fact that we must deal with this real threat to the U.S., Israel’s security, and to the stability of the entire region.

The fact that Sarah Palin would be invited to speak to American Jews about anything, let alone an issue as important as Iran, is just ridiculous.

The majority of American Jews believe that ratcheting up tensions with Iran will not make Israel secure, protect U.S. interests, or address Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and support for terror. The right policy starts with tough, smart diplomacy not with saber-rattling and tough talk.

We need to make the case to others that there is broad support – from supporters of peace and security for Israel and the Middle East – for a sensible approach to addressing Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its support for terror. Inviting a divisive national figure like Sarah Palin, who is so out of touch with the values of the American Jewish community as a whole, only undermines efforts to address the Iranian threat.

If we’re going to get Sarah Palin removed from the schedule of this important rally, there is no time to lose. After you’ve taken action, please forward this message as widely as possible.


In Bed With Big Oil

September 22, 2008

You can kinda see me on the side of the bed!


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