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Moments after the Nobel Peace Prize committee turned its sights on the battle against global warming by bestowing the 2007 award upon former US vice president Al Gore, George W. Bush moved in to steal it.

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I want to take an opportunity to show you the faces of soldiers who have served our nation in Iraq and who do not agree with the Bush administration's policy on Iraq. Nothing phony about these men and women. Nope. They're the real deal. Their courage was a virtual magnet that drew thousands to a September 29th march in Syracuse, N.Y. where soldiers and citizens denounced the Iraq War.

The people in our Upstate New York communities support these (very real) servicemen and women. I want to take an opportunity to show you some (very real) photos of (very real) citizens from diverse walks of (very real) community life in Syracuse and Upstate New York who took a Saturday afternoon on a halcyon September day to tell George W. Bush what they think of his administration's (all-too real and disastrous) Iraq policy.

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I'm in Syracuse, N.Y. Something's happening here. Someone should let Rush Limbaugh know that real soldiers (as opposed to those phony soldiers from his liars' fable) will march, rally, and discuss pressing issues alongside real Gold Star families  (whose real sons and daughters have died while serving our country)  and hundreds of real citizens who support them but do not support the current U.S. policy in Iraq. It will all happen tomorrow afternoon here in Syracuse, N.Y.

See the information below the fold.

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Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 03:56 PM PDT

A Gold Star Mother Speaks

by Iddybud

YouTube has created new opportunities for political debate. As evidenced today on YouTube, the Gold Star mother of Travis L. Youngblood, a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2005, seems to be quite angry that his memory has been used by certain prominent Republicans who've paid for the Freedom's Watch organization ad that I've posted below:

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Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 01:39 PM PDT

End This War: Syracuse Stands Up!

by Iddybud


A group photo was taken Tuesday night to remind Congressman James Walsh of what he'd decided to miss.



About 100 people came together on the plaza at the James Hanley Federal Building in Syracuse, N.Y. on Tuesday evening for a town hall meeting on the Iraq war that was sponsored by a group based in Washington D.C. called Americans Against Escalation in Iraq in conjunction with MoveOn.org in their campaign called Iraq Summer.

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In 2005 I asked about the ethics and implications of K Street lobbyists (BGR) Barbour Griffith & Rogers' involvement with a Kurdish political party (KDP) to lobby for their interests in the explosive Kirkuk while our nation is at war there. In an August 27th entry at Laura Rozen's War and Piece blog, she reveals that the same lobbyists are representing former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi, whose political organization Iraqyia is challenging current Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. Allawi's secular political alliance withdrew from the Iraqi government last Friday. This topic has been discussed here at Daily Kos briefly in the recent past [see Bob Fertik] and I believe it deserves more attention. Since when is K Street in the the coup business?

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The borrowed time on the Washington D.C. clock on the Iraq war will have run down by September 11th. When the much-hyped White House-written 'Petraeus report' is given to the public, it will be on the sixth anniversary of an attack on American targets perpetrated by those who had absolutely nothing to do with the 2001-government of Iraq. Like the cherry-picked intelligence reports of 2002, bits and pieces of General Petraeus' thoughts will be carefully selected to suit the White House's political needs to cover for their five-year mistake.

It's time to take a stand.

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Will you take a stand on August 28th?

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There was a town hall meeting held by NY-25's Democratic challenger for the Congressional seat currently held by Congressman James Walsh.

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Sun Aug 12, 2007 at 08:09 AM PDT

Why Markos Won

by Iddybud

I want to tell you why I believe that Markos won the debate with Harold Ford Jr. this morning on NBC's Meet The Press

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If you've listened to John Edwards, you know that he has a vision for what our nation will look like within 30 years and there's no mistake about what that vision encompasses. On the CNN Forum on Faith and Politics tonight at George Washington University, we learned how his political vision is informed by his personal faith. Edwards is the 2008 Presidential candidate whose political vision most closely conforms, in spirit, to the Sojourners' mission of fighting poverty.

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Senator John McCain guffaws in a weird, subdued fashion whenever he's caught being a hypocrite.

He guffawed a lot today on Meet the Press.

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"We have to speak out and say that blood is precious. We will stand against those who have no value for human life and speak out against them openly."

- Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai of Iraq

I reported on the forming of the  Council of Ulama of Iraq a couple days ago and I see that it's gotten very little "play" in the blogosphere.

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