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A funny thing happened on the way to Benghazi.  Republicans and Fox News forgot to check on who got killed, where they got killed, what day they got killed, and who they worked for.

I just can't wait for the Republican Trey Gowdy's new Super-Duper, "Non-Partisan", Blue Ribbon Panel with Whipped Cream, Sprinkles and a Cherry on Top to subpoena 4 Star and CIA Director, General David Petraus.  Is Fox New's New Enemy #1 going to be America's favorite 4 Star General & CIA Head David Petraus?


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Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:51 AM PDT

Call Exxon Mobil on Student Loans

by CoolAqua

Student loan interest rates are set to double within a week if no action is taken by congress.  In addition to calling your elected representative on this issue, you might want a more direct approach - call the Exxon Mobil lobbying office in Washington DC.

If you haven't noticed, Exxon Mobil has been running a national advertising campaign purportedly supporting an education initiative, the National Math and Science Initiative.  These advertisements run nightly on cable TV.

Since Exxon Mobil is advertising that they support higher education, wouldn't it be logical for them to have their Washington DC Lobbying Office on K Street call their congressional minions, and ask them to pass the bill that would keep student loan interest rates at the current level?  The person to call would probably be Theresa M. Fariello, the Vice President of Exxon Mobil's Washington Lobby Office.  


Mon May 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM PDT

Hatred at US 1st Infantry Division?

by CoolAqua

This is the review I gave to the state of  Kansas on Trip Advisor.  As this site is moderated, I doubt it will ever appear.

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Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 05:59 AM PST

Missing the point of Tuesdays vote

by CoolAqua

There have been quite a few diaries concerning wins for "Democrats" in Tuesdays election.  On TV, this was generally presented as follows: the successful vote was described, and then followed up by an interview with a Democratic pundit.  The topic of discussion then turned to - will democrats win more seats in the coming election.

I think these type discussion totally missed the point of what happened on Tuesday.  I think many of the legislative wins on tuesday had a common thread; they were the result of the direct vote of the people, not elected officials.

Its clear that Republicans have a stranglehold on many state governments, and possibly the House of Representatives.  Why?  Because so many districts are hopeless gerrymandered.  

A good example is President Obama's Jobs Bill.  Poll after poll show that voters support it by a 2-1 margin.  If it were put to a direct vote by citizens, rather than elected representatives, it would easily pass.  But the reality is that through gerrymandering, Republicans are able to easily defeat it, repeatedly, even though it has the support of the people.

Taking all this into account seems to present an alternative approach for many states.  Maybe its time to abandon financing politicians, and instead use our money and efforts to create and support ballot initiatives, where the vote of the people is the final say, not the vote of a politician from a gerrymandered district.

Unfortunately, our US Constitution does not directly allow for ballot initiatives.  If it did, the Jobs bill could easily be passed.  But the good news is that 24 states do allow ballot initiatives.  Voters may want to consider bypassing their gerrymandered government representatives and directly enacting legislation in these states.


Mon Aug 31, 2009 at 11:16 AM PDT

Tell Emily's List no $$ for Blue Dogs

by CoolAqua

This is a short and to the point diary.  Emily's List is supporting Blue Dog Democrats......


Will You Fund Organizations that Donate to Blue Dogs Democrats?

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The Senator voted this evening on a bill to limit credit card interest rates.  I am sickened to see that the following "Democratic Party" Senators voted against a limit on interest rates.  

It is clear that these Senators are the property of the credit card companies.  I'll do all I can to see that they aren't re-elected.  They clearly don't represent the people who voted for them.

It should be a simple matter to start to look up and see who their contnributors are.  

This doesn't bode well for any reform in medical care either.

Update: It appears that Sanders was able to make fools of the Democrats.  His amendment limited interest rates to 15%, which is too low.  I think 18-20% is a more reasonable value.  Now we have a whole bunch of democrats who were forced into voting against this bill.  I still have no sympathy for these democrats; if they were on the ball, they would have limited interest rates on their own, to a reasonable value.  This is very stupid on the part of democrats, and shows a lack of leadership.  It was obvious to all that an interest rate cap was required, but no democrat would step up and do what was required.  Now they all look like fools.

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I have seen many articles about how the new credit card bill helps consumers.  As a former credit card company victim, I don't agree.  There's a basic major component missing from this bill; it doesn't limit maximum interest rates that can be charged.

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Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 01:52 PM PST

Help Turnout Wyoming Caucus Vote

by CoolAqua

Many of us have vacationed in Wyoming, I've gone to Yellowstone the last two of three years.  A simple action you can do today is just to e-mail the caucus location link along with your own personal appeal.  

My appeal included some comments on why I support Obama over Clinton, my concerns about the cost of the Iraq war, and some comments about the caucus I attended in North Bend Wa where the our local predinct supported Obama over Clinton 29 to 2.  

I don't know anyone in Wyoming, so I e-mailed my appeal to the RV park where I stayed in Coulter Bay.

This isn't a big contribution, but there are many Kossaks, so lets help get out the Obama vote, and more importantly, show the people of Wyoming that we care!!


In ancient times, leaders would often look to the skies for omens or signs from the Gods.  Considering that her campaign is in dire straights, maybe its time for Hillary to consult the cosmos.  

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There was an interesting article in yesterdays Wall Street Journal entitled
"Did Authorities Miss a Chance to Ease Crunch?".  
Here's an excerpt:

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After Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Wa 8thCD) recommended that Republican Rick White replace fired US Attorney John McKay, it soon became apparent that there was a problem.  Rick White couldn't even practise law in the State of Washington.  

Conventional thinking was that the happless but partisan Dave Reichert had made another dumb mistake.

But was it really that simple?


Is it just a coincidence that Dave Reichert Recommended a Replacment DOJ Attorney, whose CEO position had just been Backfilled by an assistant to Karl Rove's Staff?

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich's articles of Impeachment of Vice President Cheney presents a stunning catalog of the lies made by our Vice President.  The graphics below (click graphics to enlarge) shows where Vice President Cheney made these lies.

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