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Yes, President Obama was visibly annoyed yesterday in his first public comments on the 18 BILLION dollars that Wall Street gave out in bonuses at the end of 2008. Most will agree, however, that his measured response did not go far enough. No, there needs to be bold action in the face of such treasonous greed. I'm willing to give the President the benefit of the doubt, that as a loyal public servant he is merely waiting to hear from us, we the people.(After all, we are the ones we have been waiting for!) We need to speak out NOW in one clear voice, free of bitterness and divisiveness. We must offer words of wise counsel and aching conscience. RESOLVED: Firms that have taken Federal Bailout money cannot pay any bonuses for calendar year 2008. Wall Street must give the bonuses back!

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Freedom of the Press is really in danger folks. I mean really in danger. Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! has been arrested today while covering the RNC convention and the corresponding protests. A number of senior DN! producers have also been detained. The program - in its 12th year is a go-to resource for those of us who want the news that MSM refuses to cover in depth.
This is how they quell dissent, clampdown on the free flow of information and make an example out of those who dare to speak truth to power. Call who you need to call, make your voices heard.

Here's the link

and Pacifica announcement

Last night as we put the finishing touches on an altar for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at a local gallery, I stepped back to take in all of our tribute to the spirits of the dearly departed. Photos of the dead, family and friends, lovingly arranged with flowers, candles and items from their everyday lives that we identify with them. Their favorite foods, a musical instrument, an old metal comb. Among those items I had placed an old film camera and a photo of a guy that I had never met. His name was Bradley Will, an American indie documentary filmmaker and reporter. He was killed by government forces in Oaxaca, Mexico on Friday.
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Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:00 AM PST

SCOTUS denies Puerto Rican Vote!

by smartinez

While our government bleats on and on about spreading democracy to farthest corners of the globe, how's about a little attention to our own backyard? The only former Spanish colony in the Caribbean that is still a colony after 500 hundred years, more than 100 of those years under the auspices of Ol' Glory. Don't buy the hype about the little brown people being happy about living as second class US citizens because they don't support independence - they only have to look at Cuba to see how vindictive the US can be, Hell hath no fury like a Yanqui scorned. Even Saddam used to get 90% of the vote in Iraq, not because he was beloved but because he was feared. Here's the story as the BBC carried it yesterday. Funny, didn't hear much about it from our media. Wonder why that is...

What should happen to Puerto Rico?

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"Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, Rage against the dying of the light."
--Dylan Thomas

Great, so now I'm tired and I'm full of rage. Merry Christmas. Tired of being warned before every family gathering to keep my politics to myself. Tired of trying to connect the dots between scandals - (Mariana Islands to Jack Abramoff to Michael Ledeen to Niger docs?) Tired of all my "radical" friends who have either sold out or moved even further onto the fringes of our society - subsisting as neo-luddite hippie anarchists. At least they are happy, but how can they be? Our country is in crisis! Well maybe because it's the holidays, a New Year is approaching, a time when all the world's problems are spackled with hope, draped in garland and forgotten for at least a moment in carols, wassail and merriment.


The Holidays should be

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Thu Nov 17, 2005 at 11:13 AM PST

MSNBC shilling for the GOP POV!

by smartinez

Just saw a segment on MSNBC with a David B Rivkin, an attorney commenting on the Wooward revelations. He contends that this information has" blown a gigantic hole in the Prosecutor's case" Mr. Rivkin was  presented with the lower third ID of "defense attorney". Nowhere was it mentioned his role in politics or a recent WAPO op-ed calling for the end of the Special Prosecutor system. Seems like Mr. Rivkin has an agenda, and his characterizations sound alot like GOP talking points. This is a Trojan Horse hack attack that has been deployed to float conventional wisdom trial balloons.
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 at 05:50 AM PDT

Shunning the Bloggers-Warning: Rant

by smartinez

Anyone else noticed that there are a lot of self-appointed "hall monitors" floating around on this blog nowadays? Citizen patrols who decide on what is and what is not "diary worthy?" I, for one, enjoy reading shorter diaries. Often I don't have time to ingest a novella in order to get someone's point. I like the free exchange of ideas. I enjoy humorous diaries be they satire, farce or the occasional cynical wordplay. That's what democracy is supposed to be about. Yet there are some among us (you know who you are) who feel compelled to comment and belittle the oft-well-intentioned efforts of others. These cyber-poobahs remind me of the condo commandos in South Florida, the ever-present bands of older ladies who are on the lookout for their fellow condo owners who may not be following the letter of the by-laws as they interpret them.
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 at 05:15 AM PDT

GOP Contenders Going to Ground!

by smartinez

 "going to ground" - Into a den or burrow: a fox going to ground, into hiding
It is not a good time to be a republican.  What had been called the new era, halcyon days basking in the warm afterglow of an electoral mandate have turned into their worst nightmare. No longer the straight talking outsiders who vowed long ago to clean up DC, today the GOP's arrogant ham-fisted policies and consumate dirty deals are finally out in the open. The smart money always knows when to hold 'em and fold 'em, and there is mounting evidence that potential republican candidates are keeping their hats out of the ring. Seems the Vice President misspoke back in May, the only thing that seems to be in the last throes is the Republican Revolution.

Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 06:06 PM PDT

DeLay indicted on 2 more counts!

by smartinez

I know this is a crappy little diary but read on Kossacks, 3 may be the charm! 522_RTRUKOC_0_US-DELAY.xml

A vindictive elitist who can make you cringe
for the radical right he's on the lunatic fringe
he's the voice of intolerance on Capitol Hill
he's a lying corporate shill
Tom DeLay Tom DeLay
let send the hammer to the slammer

Last week, while cleaning out some boxes, I found an old newspaper that was used to wrap some glassware. I started reading; it was like taking a trip in a time machine. Here's the headline, page one, above the fold, culled from a story by Ron Fournier of the AP dated May 2nd, 2001 - in the "Free Lance Star" from Fredericksburg, VA.  RESETTING THE SIGHTS - Bush wants missle defense - President says current ABM treaty 'enshrines past' . Intrigued, I read on. This was billed as Bush's first major defense address, given, coincidently, at the National Defense University in DC. The first paragraph of this article is truly chilling - we can clearly see W "on message" months before 9/11. Read on Kossacks, these links are oh so juicy.
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Financial favors, sweetheart deals, blatant nepotism, lies, treason and corruption. Let's have our investigative reporters peel this onion already. Those who don't or won't are probably on the take. The time for marching in lock-step with this administration is over. The heady days of furious flag waving are over. The "Embedded Tour of Duty" is over. The patriotic fervor of "jingo journalism" is so over. Over and out. Try this on for size - "Cronygate".
We need the history to fill in the blanks, we need to follow the money, we need to demand nothing less than full accountability. Of course, this requires the media to do it's job! You're either with us or you're with the criminals...
just like Guckert/Gannon, remember him?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 05:20 AM PDT

"Senator, you're no Martha Stewart!"

by smartinez

As Senator Frist's troubles compound over his "portfolio malfunction"  the comparisons are sure to made between the Good Senator and the Domestic Diva, Martha Stewart. There is one important difference. Martha Stewart is a celebrity, Senator Frist is a public servant. The risks for conflicts of interest and insider information abound. The responsibility should not simply be for our government officials to give us the appearance of propriety; we need a fool-proof guarantee. It is time to end this blind trust nonsense and compel government officials to divest themselves completely and put their money where their rhetoric is, in government T-Bills and federal managed 401Ks. Maybe then, blatant self-interest will compel them to manage our economy and debt levels more vigorously.
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