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  • The Los Angeles Times has a disturbing,  in-depth article on the recent Lodi terrorist conviction, which draws the conclusion that the suspect ultimately was found guilty for having a "a jihadi heart and a jihadi mind." In GOP America, you can now be sentenced to prison for mere thoughts and beliefs, not actions.
  • The London Times has a fascinating piece up online about how the Iraqi militias are learning the basics of capitalism first-hand, by shopping around for perks. One recent graduate of the American-backed police training academy who jumped ship to join a militia is highlighted in the lede, with this Adam Smith-oriented philosophy:
    The 23-year-old absconder described it as "a career move". The pay was better, the duties less onerous and there was far less chance of being killed.

  • Germany will be host to an historic soccer game (or "football" as the British term it):

    With just over a month to go before the World Cup, a team of imams will play a team of Christian priests. "It's been difficult to find a rabbi who will referee on the Sabbath," sighs the Rev Christopher Jage-Bowler, "but we are trusting in God."
  • pastordan has an analysis up over at Street Prophets, Follow the Money, that focuses on former New York Times reporter Jim McNaughton's exposure of how a handful of right-wing conservatives funded the schism in the current Episcopal Church.
  • Alternet put a chilling piece up this morning about just who the "mainstream" GOP is getting in bed with these days, entitled The GOP's Racist Big Tent:

    For eight years, a major direct-mail firm "specializing in the Christian and conservative markets" has been selling lists of the readers of America's leading anti-Semitic newspaper and, since about 2001, its successor publication.

    Response Unlimited, based in Waynesboro, Va., and headed by Christian Right activist Philip Zodhiates, charges $100 for the rental of every 1,000 names of subscribers to the now-defunct Spotlight newspaper. Founded by veteran anti-Semite Willis Carto, The Spotlight carried anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic and wildly conspiracist articles interspersed with ads for Klan, neo-Nazi and related hate groups.

  • Joe Gandelman has a good take on Colbert and the Media.
  • (Armando)

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:28 AM PDT.

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  •  Darfur Report (4+ / 0-)

    Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

    by Alegre on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:25:29 AM PDT

    •  And A Call to Action (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Northstar, Mason6883, Steve Silver

      Get involved folks - people are dying right now and to sit idly by while our fellow human beings suffer is inexcuseable.

      Honestly - IMHO other issues pale in comparison.  This is the worst case of genocide in generations - the first of the 21st century.

      We can - and MUST do something to demand a stop to this atrocity.  Contacting the White House, Congress, the State Dept. and our voice at the UN are a good start.

      Educate yourselves by going to http://www.savedarfur.org/

      And then write letters to the editor of your local papers.

      Talk to family and friends.  Co-workers too.

      We failed to act during the days of genocide in Rwanda but we know about what's happening in Darfur - it's a slow-motion version of Rwanda.  The word is out.  There's no excuse to remain silent now.

      Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

      by Alegre on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:30:16 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Ken Silverstein at Harpers Magazine (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Northstar

      Is doing some nice digging on the Limosine Scandal brewing Prostitutes, watergate, etc...). Read more here

  •  The Daily Dose (6+ / 0-)


    Phillybits - A Showcase Of Political News And Thought

    by Stand Strong on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:27:31 AM PDT

  •  Gang Troops? Interesting little UPI piece (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Northstar, PatsBard

    Gang activity seen in U.S. troops in Iraq
    BAGHDAD, May 1 (UPI)
    -- A growing amount of U.S. gang-related graffiti and activity is being reported among U.S. troops in Iraq, The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

    "I have identified 320 soldiers as gang members from April 2002 to present," said Scott Barfield, a Defense Department gang detective at Fort Lewis, Wash. "I think that's the tip of the iceberg."

    http://www.upi.com/...

    -4.63,-3.54 If the people will lead the leaders will follow

    by calebfaux on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:28:16 AM PDT

  •  Idea!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Take your extra DNC neighbor to neighbor canvass day lit. to the nearest May 1 event and show some Democratic support for a great civil rights campaign.

  •  And A Call To Action (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mason6883, Steve Silver

    Get involved folks - people are dying right now and to sit idly by while our fellow human beings suffer is inexcuseable.

    Honestly - IMHO other issues pale in comparison.  This is the worst case of genocide in generations - the first of the 21st century.

    We can - and MUST do something to demand a stop to this atrocity.  Contacting the White House, Congress, the State Dept. and our voice at the UN are a good start.

    Educate yourselves by going to www.savedarfur.org

    And then write letters to the editor of your local papers.

    Talk to family and friends.  Co-workers too.

    We failed to act during the days of genocide in Rwanda but we know about what's happening in Darfur - it's a slow-motion version of Rwanda.  The word is out.  There's no excuse to remain silent now.

    Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

    by Alegre on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:29:06 AM PDT

  •  torrent of QuickTime/iPod Colbert video (0+ / 0-)

    In case you or your friends haven't seen it yet:

    http://two.bolson.org/...

    It may take a while to download. Maybe start it and watch it after lunch.

  •  Bob Kerrey makes sense on Iraq (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TPaine

    Bob Kerrey is sending out an email that has this in it.

    Something more, though, was seared into both John [Kerry] and me by our Vietnam experiences. Half of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall are the names of Americans who died after the policy makers knew our nation was on the wrong course, after both political parties called for expeditious withdrawal. And yet the war dragged on for five more years.

    Personally, I think the Dems BLEW it big time in their support for the Iraq War (except Dean and a few others), and it's hard for Dems to look any better on this issue than Repubs do. Still, this is a really good way to frame it. Dems should use this as a way to explain why we need to change course now.

    Whackos get their info thru the Christian right. We'll bring them out to vote against something and make sure the public lets the whole thing slip past them.

    by chemsmith on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:32:30 AM PDT

  •  Thought crimes. (0+ / 0-)

    Now, there is an quitessentially Orwellian theme.

    Kossacks: a large population of Medieval exegetes who each day grapple with the fabulistic opportunities of the early third milennium.

    by DCDemocrat on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:33:50 AM PDT

  •  cartoons, entries, quote, tv alerts (5+ / 0-)



    link

    "The song pretty well follows the title, just with a bunch of reasons. It's a long song." – Canadian rocker Neil Young, on the track "Let's Impeach the President" from his new album "Living With War." Young has previously recorded songs critical of Richard Nixon (1970's "Ohio") and George H.W. Bush (1989's "Rockin' in the Free World").

    TV alerts
    Future (mostly political, media) guests (subject to change):

    • Charlie Rose 5/1: Guest host is CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo. The guests are Stephen Schwarzman (Chairman & CEO of The Blackstone Group) and David Rubenstein (Managing Director of The Carlyle Group).
    • The Daily Show: Matthew Continetti (author of The K Street Gang, which just kills DeLayCo) on 5/1; Madeleine Albright on 5/2; Clark Kent Ervin (ex DHS acting inspector general) on 5/3; John Malkovich on 5/4; writer David Remnick on 5/8; author of “The UN Exposed” Eric Shawn on 5/9; author Billy Connolly on 5/10; disgruntled neocon Francis Fukuyama on 5/11
    • The Colbert Report: Jon Meacham on 5/1; Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) on 4/2; Paul Rieckhoff on 5/3; SI’s Rick Reilly on 5/4; author (on female sexuality) Shere Hite on 5/8; Frank Rich on 5/9; Smoking Gun’s Bill Bastone on 5/10; Madeleine Albright on 5/11; David Schwimmer on 5/15; ABC News’ Jacqueline Shire on 5/16; Jonathan Alter on 5/17; zoologist Ted Daeschler on 5/18
    • Good Morning America 5/2: Madeleine Albright will be promoting her book.
    • Craig Ferguson: Connie Schultz on 5/2 (I don’t know if this Connie Schultz is the same as Rep. Sherrod Brown’s wife, but maybe someone will let us all know.)
    • Tony Danza Show: ABC News’ John Quinones on 5/3
    • Ellen DeGeneres Show: The West Wing cast on 5/11
    • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rev. Jesse Jackson on 5/11
    • The View: John Stossel on 5/12
    • Conan O’Brien: Mike Wallace on 5/16

    Selected Entries

    Visit my blog Penndit. Media, politics, campaigns, and political communications.

    by Newsie8200 on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:34:26 AM PDT

  •  Shocking U.S. torture documents (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sailmaker

    Including knowledge of Cheney dating back to 1992. Must read historical information at
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    "... the laborers still form an incoherent mass scattered over the whole country, and broken up by their mutual competition."

    by Valtin on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:35:15 AM PDT

  •  Football (5+ / 0-)

    is called that everywhere on the planet except in one country or two.

    Your kind is called "American football" and it's for wimps. Real men play rugby and don't need all that body armor to protect themselves.

    <runs and ducks>

    In the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)
    Read more on the European Tribune - bringing dKos to Europe

    by Jerome a Paris on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:36:45 AM PDT

  •  Cheney to US: Go jump in the lake. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Northstar, TPaine

    It is the latter, especially Cheney’s press secretaries -- he has run through seven of them -- whose job is saying nothing, and saying it often. His press people seem shocked that a reporter would even ask for an interview with the staff. The blanket answer is no -- nobody is available. Amazingly, the vice president’s office flatly refuses to even disclose who works there, or what their titles are. “We just don’t give out that kind of information,” says Jennifer Mayfield, another of Cheney’s “angels.” She won’t say who is on staff, or what they do? No, she insists. “It’s just not something we talk about.” The notoriously silent OVP [Office of the Vice-President] staff rebuffs not just pesky reporters but even innocuous database researchers from companies like Carroll Publishing, which puts out the quarterly Federal Directory. “They’re tight-lipped about the kind of information they put out,” says Albert Ruffin, senior editor at Carroll, who fumes that Cheney’s office doesn’t bother returning his calls when he’s updating the limited information he manages to collect.

    The OVP’s enduring obsession with absolute secrecy first became obvious during the long court battle early in Bush’s first term over the energy task force chaired by Cheney. Neither the coalition of watchdog and environmental groups that sued the OVP nor members of Congress and the Government Accountability Office discovered much about the workings of the task force. Addington, then Cheney’s general counsel, enforced the say-nothing policy ultimately upheld by federal courts. “He engineered an extraordinary expansion of government power at the expense of accountability,” says Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, the conservative gadfly group that sued Cheney. “We got a terse letter back from Addington saying essentially, ‘Go jump in the lake.’”

    Vice Squad | Robert Dreyfuss | The American Prospect | 4/17/06

    "As the administration has sealed an increasing number of documents as secret or sensitive, and cut the number of documents being declassified each year, the refusal of Cheney's office to report on the number of its decisions stands out..."

    Then there's this...

    Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

    by adios on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:36:58 AM PDT

    •  Cheney's secrecy (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Northstar

      The Chicago Trib just did a two-part story on the administration's secrecy fetish. I diaried it this morning.

      Cheney's excuse for not disclosing classification statistics: That order applies only to the executive branch, and the Veep is an officer of both the executive and the legislative branches...

      -dms

  •  bush's own comedy shtick is plastered on yahoo (0+ / 0-)

    so, that's what the press is covering...

    •  The same hoes that loved his 'no WMDs here' skit? (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      hhex65, stagemom

      Bush's tea-bagging court scribes were like those embarrassing suck-ups that roar dutifully at the boss's jokes. (His self-doting brand of 'ain't I a lil' stinker?' comedy probably kills at those Crawford cookouts he has to "thank the press" for all they do for him.)
      .
      Still, Night at the Chimprov wouldn't be the same without knock-em-dead moments like Inner George thinking to himself, "Doesn't Laura look hot tonight?"
      .
      Wonder how long it took 1000 monkeys to come up with that one.
      .

  •  www.thankyoustephencolbert.org (0+ / 0-)

    Go. Now. Unless you're some sort of America-hater.

    Oro en Paz, Fierro en Guerra.

    by cazart on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:40:32 AM PDT

    •  My favorite: (0+ / 0-)

      This one gal says she'd have his baby if, alas, he "wasn't married and [she] not a dyke."  That one made me laugh out loud.

      Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right

      by darthstar on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:46:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Is nothing sacred? (0+ / 0-)

    Apparently not. Thanks for the link to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington report. I need to read that.

    Par for the course for these people. Disgusting. Hey, let's take down the church from the inside! Mighty Christian of you, a$$holes.

    GRRRRRR

    Blog this! Visit me at K Street Blues. It will change your life. (Actual life-changing not a guarantee.)

    by AggieDemocrat on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:42:21 AM PDT

  •  Troll Rating - Is it just me? (7+ / 0-)

    I can recommend, but can't troll rate anymore.  Not that I have found anything to troll rate - also can't read hidden comments.  I still have TU status, so I'm wondering if it's a system glitch or something...

    "What noble cause did they die for, Mr. President?"

    by BlueInARedState on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:46:16 AM PDT

  •  ugh (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    howth of murph

    I just saw a map of the Sea temps in the gulf of mexico....the gulf is boiling.

    and the weather board i hang out at has posters who belittle those who believe in global warming. ugh. despite all the evidence--alaska turning to slush, Antarctica melting, the ever increasing sea surface temperatures, the Gulf Stream slowing.... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    (they ban political comments, so don't go harrassing them. even though they are wrong.)

    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    by terrypinder on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:47:27 AM PDT

  •  three years ago today (0+ / 0-)

    President Bush declared "Mission accomplished".
     title=
    Left Of Center

    "The Bush administration does not need new blood, they need formaldehyde." Left Of Center

    by LOC on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:48:49 AM PDT

  •  MBNA and Working Assests (0+ / 0-)

    I have to say this seems a bit disturbing...

    https://wwwa.applyonlinenow.com/USCCapp/Ctl/entry?sc=MWN5&mc=A000001ZTP

    "listen...do you smell something" -ghostbusters

    by David in Burbank on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:52:11 AM PDT

  •  Immigration (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    vassmer

    Everyone's carefully avoiding noticing that millions of immigrants and supporters are taking to the streets today in what could be the largest civil rights movement in decades, right?  

    From the San Fran Chron.

    •  That careful avoidance... (0+ / 0-)

      of what is going on on the streets of major cities is the beginning of a revolution--they will talk about this in history books. It is very disturbing to me--the careful avoidance.

      I personally would be demonstrating today if I didn't slice open my ankle accidently on a screen door frame.
      There in spirit though. My Italian great grandparents who were Mexican citizens came over through the Mexican/US border in the 1890s--yes illegally.

      Proud Commie or Frustrated Capitalist?

      by vassmer on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:07:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Clint Curtis for Congress! (0+ / 0-)

    The ONLY way to end the NeoCon menace is to expose the rigged voting system. It's the only chance we have of taking America back from the NeoCons. And right now, the ONLY Democrat willing to take it to the Republicans on this issue: Clint Curtis.

    Curtis is the programmer who was hired by corrupt Florida Congressman Tom Feeney to rig the vote. Disgusted by what he saw, Curtis became a whistleblower. Now he’s challenging Feeney to his congressional seat in Florida's 24th district!

    His candor and firsthand experience on the election fraud issue makes him The One Crucial Democratic Candidate in '06. With Curtis in the race and taking it to Feeney, we will finally get this issue into the national press!

    Read about the Feeney/Curtis scandal here:

    www.bradblog.com/ClintCurtisSummary.htm

    Contribute to the Curtis campaign here:

    http://www.clintcurtis.com/...

    Thanks, everyone!

  •  Drudge finally reports on Grand Old Prostitutes (0+ / 0-)

    Drudge has come around. He's posted a headline linking to Saturday's Washington Post story about GOP prostitution.

    Perhaps a few suggestions from Kossacks may have provided a Drudge nudge.

  •  a eulogy for Tom Fox (0+ / 0-)

    as given at the ecumenical service on April 22 may be read in this diary

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:56:40 AM PDT

  •  AT THE RUBICON-US ASKS TURKEY TO HOST IRAN ATTACK (0+ / 0-)

    AT THE RUBICON: US ASKS TURKEY TO HOST IRAN ATTACKNow confirmed by a second source.

  •  Iran, Bush and the Second Coming (0+ / 0-)

    While the differences between Washington and Tehran are threatening and growing, there are eerie similarities between presidents Bush and Ahmadinejad and their respective fundamentalist followers. For each, the strikingly analogous views regarding religious prophecy, second comings and the end of times may be pushing the United States and Iran  inexorably towards war.

    For the disturbing comparison, see:
    "Iran, Bush and the Second Coming."

  •  Is Kos boycotting the boycott? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    weasel, vassmer, mango

    How about the immigration issue in general? Nothing. Is it that progressive and liberal Democrats have no position on this important issue? Is Kos AWOL?

    How do you tell an oxymoronic conservative Democrat from a Republican mole or troll?

    by shergald on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:06:48 PM PDT

    •  Anyone notice how 'immigration' somehow surpassed (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      rockhound

      the Iraq war as as a "major concern" of Americans in the latest poll?????  It wasn't even an issue two months ago.

      Another Karl Rove brilliance.  "Let's pit everyone against the Mexicans so they'll forget who is REALLY screwing them..."

      There were several hundred thousand protesting the war on Sunday in NY.  And the coverage?  Page 8, "thousands marched" (note, not hundreds of thousands!)

      Yet, this mornings news is abuzz about "three hundred thousand marchers" for immigration reform...

      Feel like we are all being played???

      WE NEED TO BOYCOTT THE WAR FUNDING. WITH ALL THE CORRUPTION, WE NEED TO KEEP FOCUSED TO SHUT THEM DOWN.

      •  You may be on to something... (0+ / 0-)

        but it was also expected: the Republicans have nothing to run a campaign on.

        How do you tell an oxymoronic conservative Democrat from a Republican mole or troll?

        by shergald on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:53:45 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Immigration is an important issue to me (0+ / 0-)

        But I beleive you are right. We are being manipulated. Immigration reform is not a crisis, but the right is making it one. We need to reform immigration under a Democratic administration and
        it needs more than a fence and deportation, or even amensty for that matter.

    •  Are you CRAZY! (0+ / 0-)
      Paying attention to immigration might've meant one less diary about STEPHEN COLBERT!  How could immigration issues be as important as STEPHEN COLBERT?!  Don't you LIKE Stephen Colbert?  Don't you have any sense of humor?  You must HATE Stephen Colbert!  Only closet REPUBLICANS hate STEPHEN COLBERT!  STEPHEN COLBERT speaks for the powerless of the world, even immigrants!  If the voice of STEPHEN COLBERT isn't heard everywhere, the immigrants will be SILENCED!

      (This message has been produced by the STEPHEN COLBERT IS GOD committee.  I'm NOT Stephen Colbert, but I'm sure He would approve of this message.)

      Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

      by Bearpaw on Mon May 01, 2006 at 01:15:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Rice: US not interested in Diplomacy with Iran (0+ / 0-)

    Bitch pretty much said that when she responded to Iran's inviting inspectors to their nuclear facilities as simple 'games':

    "I think they're playing games. But obviously, if they're not playing games, they should come clean. They should stop the enrichment, suspend the enrichment," Rice told ABC's "This Week."

    Bitch also argued with Colin Powell regarding the number of troops we needed in Iraq, saying that she felt we had used plenty of troops...what the fuck does Colin Powell know, right?  He's not Secretary of State, you are!  Oh, there is that small fact that he used to be a friggin' general.

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right

    by darthstar on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:12:15 PM PDT

  •  Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lennywick, lirtydies

    Like a newborn placed in a roomful of bachelors, the Downing Street Memo was greeted with befuddled stares; a hard-to-figure puzzle that was better left for somebody else to solve. And that's what was so striking —how uniform the MSM response was.  Why, in the face of the clearly newsworthy memo did senior editors and producers at virtually every major American news outlets fail to do the most rudimentary reporting —the who, what, where, why, and how of the Downing Street Memo?  Instead, journalists looked at the document and instinctively knew it was not a news story.  Journalists didn't simply fail to embrace or investigate the Downing Street Memo story, they actively ignored it.

    ....from Eric Boehlert's new book.
    Lapdogs made me want to shoot a lot of people in the face. -Atrios

    Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

    by adios on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:17:51 PM PDT

  •  Yet more planted pro-Iran war misinformation? (0+ / 0-)

    I came across this on the BBC late yesterday, via Raw Story:

    Iran 'attacks Iraq Kurdish area'
    Last Updated: Sunday, 30 April 2006, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
     
    Iraq has accused Iranian forces of entering Iraqi territory and shelling Kurdish rebel positions in the north.

    Iranian troops bombed border areas near the town of Hajj Umran before crossing into Iraq, the defence ministry in Baghdad said on Sunday.

    It said the Iranians targeted the PKK, a Kurdish group that has waged a 15-year insurgency against Turkey.

    The PKK is believed to have links with anti-Iranian Kurdish fighters. There are no details on casualties.

    The Iraqi defence ministry also says Iran launched a similar attack on Kurdish rebel positions in the same area on 21 April.

    There are no reported comments from Tehran on either of the alleged incidents.

    Anyone know anything about this? It sounds like precisely the sort of phony story that the DoD would try to plant in the news to pimp up its war plans with Iran.

    Why would Iran attack Kurds in Iraq who have not attacked or threatened it? The source of this news--the US puppet Iraqi defense ministry--lends more doubt to the veracity of this story. The disengenuous throwaway comment about how "The PKK is believed to have links with anti-Iranian Kurdish fighters" is right out of Cheney's "There can be no doubt that Iraq now possesses WMD" playbook of lies. No independant verification is given. The whole story reeks of propaganda. Does Tony Blair now control the BBC?

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:18:05 PM PDT

    •  Interesting comment, Kovie, but naive (0+ / 0-)

      There are at least 3 Kurdish insurgent groups.  One is anti-Turk, one is anti-Iran, and one is anti-Iraq/Saddam.

      This strife has been going on for YEARS and sometimes the Kurdish groups ally with other Kurds' enemies...for example, the PKK (anti-Turk, as I recall from their bombing campaign while I was stationed there) sometimes allied w/ or got support from Iran.  Maybe someone at BBC got the group name wrong, or maybe the Iranians weren't satisfied with a PKK warlord for some reason.  Things are sometimes ugly there and the border is rather porous (think about 10,000 times more porous than the US/Mexico border).

      No reason for me, based on experience, to think the BBC was wrong...but they may not have the whole story, either.

      Best regards,

      •  But you can understand, I assume (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        TPaine

        the natural tendency (at this point) to suspect that the BushCo pro-war propagandists could be behind this story. No need to give examples as they've been well-established by now (and I'm sure that as someone who served there you saw your own share of horseshit passing as truth in order to justify actions). I'm not saying that this story isn't true, just that at this point I view every such story with automatic suspicion, as should everyone else. I don't think that's naive at all. Just the opposite, in fact.

        One of the biggest potential tragedies of the Bush administration's campaign of lying to get its way is that we can no longer be sure when a crisis is real, and when it's manufactured, setting up the possibility that when a real crisis does emerge, we won't deal with it because we assume that we're being lied to. I imagine that such suspicion will extend into the next couple of administrations, of either party, much like suspicion of the president extended beyond the Nixon administration (and still exists on left, for good reason).

        Yet another horrible legacy of the Bush years.

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Mon May 01, 2006 at 01:00:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, I Diaried it Yesterday (0+ / 0-)

      And we got some really good conversation - my final take is that this could be BS from and Iraqi minister who wants to broaden the conflict and ensure the U.S. sticks it out. Who knows, maybe this is carefully placed U.S. propaganda.

      Here's the diary entry with some historical analysis.

      "What's in the name of lord, that I should fear; To bring my grievance to the public ear?" - The Crisis, January 13, 1777

      by TPaine on Mon May 01, 2006 at 01:44:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Interesting that few in the media (0+ / 0-)

        are discussing how we've alienated Turkey and made it easier and more logical for them to align with Iran wrt the Kurds.

        Nice job there, Condi and your lapdog Hadley. And where was your predecessor Powell when this was all happening? Sounds like a total screw-up to me.

        It seems pretty clear that BushCo are trying to use the Iranian nuclear "threat" to distract from and hopefully negate their political woes and massive policy failures, one of which was allowing this situation to develop where Turkey and Iran become allies over the Kurds.

        I can't tell if this story is planted or real, but it certainly wouldn't surprise anyone who's studied how BushCo operates to find out that it was planted. Shades of their crazy plan to paint an airliner to look like it was from the UN to provoke the Iraqis to shoot it down and create a causus belli.

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Mon May 01, 2006 at 02:13:24 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Thanks! I was looking for a pic of the event (0+ / 0-)

      I wanted to see w's smirk get slapped off his face...any pics of the Ice Queen, Laura?

      Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right

      by darthstar on Mon May 01, 2006 at 01:03:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  'Turning point' (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    HugoDog

    When the situation in Iraq is basically in a downward spiral, isn't there always another “turning point” coming up on the horizon?

    Grok Your World
    grok: to understand something in a deep and empathic way

    by John Driscoll on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:25:13 PM PDT

  •  debit (0+ / 0-)
    -    If dumb was light Bush would be brighter than the sun

    The hunderd dollar rebate if you borrow money from China to give us low lifes a hunderd dollars that we have to pay back mto China with interest and we buy gas. Is not this just a back door way to give more money to big oil The Republicans should at least have to give us the name of the stupid son of a bitch so we can vote him out of office.
    Exodus 20: 15 do not steal one of the big ten. If you are spending money of people not yet born is that not stealing?
    Matt on tax17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax [a] to Caesar or not?" 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, "Whose image is this? And whose inscription?"  21 "Caesar's," they replied.
     Then he said to them, "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
        The Republican Party on their buy votes by promising tax cuts under false pretence that more people would pay tax was a scam.  The next scam was let privet charities Handel all country needs this was the dumbest idea of all, if a government can not take care of its people then why should the people take care of the country are the government. That is like using the Republican view (Take all you can get when every thing is gone we will steal another country)

    - If dumb was light Bush would be brighter than the sun Walk through VA Cemetery tour a VA hospital then say you are over taxed

    by roxnev on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:25:31 PM PDT

  •  Finally, a real MSM piece on Stephen Colbert (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Wisdom, TPaine

    Dan Froomkin, a Washington Post culumnist has just posted the first real article in the MSM about Colbert's portion of the Correspopndents' Dinner that I've seen:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    (And the article is front-paged on their website in the opinion section..)

  •  REPUBLICANS SEEK TO KILL CANCER SCREENINGS (0+ / 0-)

    US Lives At Risk if Senate Passes Bill
    Eliminating Guaranteed Insurance Coverage for Cancer Screening

    The American Cancer Society has asked Bill Thiel, founder of Maureen’s Mission, along with other patient advocate groups, to help inform the public of Senate bill S.1955.

    If this bill passes—which may be voted on as early as the first week in May—insurance companies would no longer have to guarantee coverage for mammograms and other vital cancer screenings.  

    “If people knew more about this bill, they would be screaming ‘Why wasn’t I told!’ “ says Thiel. “Screenings save lives—period! To do away with insurance covering cancer screenings is to guarantee the killing of thousands of people each year.”

    The bill would allow insurance companies to offer “bare bones” insurance by eliminating key health care benefits including screenings for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer, plus well-child care and immunizations, maternity care, emergency services, mental health care, and diabetes supplies and education.

    “We are asking people to contact their Senators—today—and tell them bill S1955 is unacceptable,“ states Thiel.  

    Thiel’s experience is personal. Had his wife, Maureen, had the proper screening, she would likely be alive today instead of dead at 43 due to breast cancer. To fulfill a promise to his wife, Bill created “Maureen’s Mission,” a non-profit organization dedicated to education and ending misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of women across the country with breast lumps.

    Thiel, representing Maureen’s Mission, was one of six Patient Advocacy individuals chosen to attend the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress in San Francisco, May 10 - 12. He is relentless in his goal to stop this bill from passing and is calling on the heroes of media to help get this important news in the headlines.

    “This bill represents a severe risk to all the citizens of this country—a country already in a huge health crisis. The House of Representatives passed this bill and we need to stop it in the Senate,” warns Thiel. “If you take away life saving coverage for cancer screening, you will create an epidemic of delayed diagnosis, and tragically, fatal delayed diagnosis.”

    This is especially tragic as our medical advances offer hope and recovery with early, correct diagnosis. If this bill is passed, thousands will not receive life saving treatment—that’s already out there and available—because of lack of insurance coverage.

    “This is a sad day for the citizens of this country,” reflects Thiel.

    Thiel invites you to contact him at Maureen’s Mission: www.maureensmission.org for details of the 60 plus page Senate Bill.

    To contact your Senators visit: www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

  •  Whoa. (3+ / 0-)
    Bolivia just nationalized its petroleum industry and ordered foreign companies to turn over their supplies.

    How long before the uproar about socialism on the march commences?

    Nothing is more fatal to maidenly delicacy of speech than the run of a good library. -- Robertson Davies

    by kismet on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:34:37 PM PDT

  •  How to tell someone you don't want to go church? (0+ / 0-)

    so we just moved a month ago and the guy across the street is really nice and i'd like to have relationships with my neighbors.  but he's asked my family and i twice to go to church with him, really friendly not like he is pushy, and both times i've kind of been like "i'll see whats going on".  but really, my wife and I are serious nonbelievers.  how do i tell him "we will never want to go so drop it" without disrespecting him and alienating him?

    R for Reverse, D for Drive

    by leftwords on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:39:45 PM PDT

    •  He's disrespecting (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Frederick, rockhound, oregon blue

      He's the one causing trouble, not you.  You should just tell him that you don't go to church, but you'd really like for him and his family to come by your house after services and join in a good Satanic goat sacrifice.  

      HA!  Just kidding!  Seriously, just be straight up on your non-belief and invite them over for Sunday lunch after service.  You could do everyone a favor by showing the theists that atheists are just regular people too.  If he's got a problem with your non-belief, well... that's his problem.  If nothing else, it will certainly stop him from inviting you to his little mythology group.

      If he won't commit, just keep offering to have them over, or bake them a pie or whatever.  If he's hostile, go meet the wife sometime when he's not there.  She may turn out to be more rational.  If the whole family is hostile then you're better off knowing that now so you won't waste your time on them.

      In any event, you certainly need to be polite to your neighbors, so don't go getting in a debate about religion with them.  Just be honest, but since you've got to live with them, be nice.

  •  A REAL Democrat runs in Montana (0+ / 0-)

    Scott Wheeler, retired professor from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has launched his website as part of his campaign for Montana House of Representitives (District 6):
    Scott Wheeler for Montana State Legislature

    I put the site together, instead of doing HuffPo's Contagious Festival last month. There's some upcoming graphics that'll change the look a little, but Scott's info will remain the same!
    We will defeat Bu$hCo's team -- one loser after another.

    Why do people insist on following that damn chicken across that bloody road?

    by MT Spaces on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:42:34 PM PDT

  •  Stupid airlines and stopping bereavement discount (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rockhound, oregon blue

    So it seems sometime last year a large number of airlines stopped offering bereavement discounts for passengers who need to fly somewhere last minute and on the cheap due to a family member dying.  Now my girlfriend has to drive 16 or so hours to make her grandfather's funeral, since neither one of us has enough money for a flight and she doesn't have the luxury of time in order to take a bus or train.  Anyway, I just needed to rant a bit and this seemed like a good time/place...

  •  It is just the Brits: (0+ / 0-)

    The rest of the planet refers to it as football; only Americans call it soccer.

  •  Please read this diary. It scrolled away, but (0+ / 0-)

    maybe it needs to be read by a wider audience:
    How to screw up an Ohio election- new and improved

    While channel-surfing this weekend, I happened across a program on the local public access cable channel that showed the new voting machines being used in Columbus and four surrounding counties.  Since the primaries are Tuesday, and I was trained in 2004 as a precinct witness/challenger by the county dems, I was very interested in how things might have changed this time around.  It's always good to know your rights as a voter.  

    The thing is- the program didn't just show people how to register to vote or introduce the features of the new touchscreen machines.  It was a full-length instructional video aimed at training local precinct officials to set up, shut down and troubleshoot the voting machines.

  •  Bump: US QUIETLY ASKS TURKEY TO HOST IRAN ATTACK (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ohcanada

    AT THE RUBICON: US QUIETLY ASKS TURKEY TO HOST IRAN ATTACK

    http://aliberaldose.blogspot.com/...

  •  Solution to the Gas Crisis? (0+ / 0-)

    Bolivia nationalizes energy:

    Bolivia's President Evo Morales has signed a decree placing his country's energy industry under state control.

    In a May Day speech, he said foreign energy firms must agree to channel all their sales through the Bolivian state, or else leave the country.

    He set the firms a six-month deadline, but the military and state energy officials have already started taking control of the oil fields.

    "What's in the name of lord, that I should fear; To bring my grievance to the public ear?" - The Crisis, January 13, 1777

    by TPaine on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:55:20 PM PDT

  •  Biden's proposal...was it a Whitehouse gotcha? (0+ / 0-)

    Does Biden know something about bush admin plans to support an eventual break-up of Iraq along ethnic lines?  He got Scotty's attention, and Scotty said in no uncertain terms that the Whitehouse is committed to creating a "unified Iraq"...that could mean only one thing...a break-up is imminent.

    Okay...maybe I'm just grasping at straws now.

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right

    by darthstar on Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:58:02 PM PDT

  •  Bush/Colbert (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TPaine

    Maybe I'm humorless but I think it's totally inappropriate for a President to be joking in front of an audience when our troops are being killed in Iraq. If he wants to be roasted, that's his perogative.

    But to stand up in public and ridicule himself as he did this year or crawl under his desk in the oval office as he did last year, looking for WMDs, is a slap in the face to our soldiers who are risking their lives every day.

  •  Bush: May 1, 2006 is USA 'Loyalty Day' (0+ / 0-)

    I shit you not.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

    As if it they are ready to round up anyone who is not a Loyal American as defined by Republicans.

    Is this the best his Comintern can come up with on a day when millions are in the streets asking for civil rights?

    P.S. Most of the marchers are families carrying US flags.

    •  He's following the old playbook (0+ / 0-)

      It's the one where Christians would come in and take over the pagan celebrations.  

      Wouldn't want Mayday to have any other symobolism.

      "How's the New American Century? Looks good to me."

      by otto on Mon May 01, 2006 at 01:39:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Very well done pair of 9/11 documentaries (0+ / 0-)

    Watched the two-part "Inside 9/11" on the National Geographic channel this weekend ... two 2-hour segments, the first being on the years and events leading up to 9/11 and the second being the events of the day. Very well researched with lots of interviews with survivors and very little partisan spin on either side that I could see. It's running now and again and there's a way to order off their website.

  •  Go Imams Go, Go Papists Go( you choose a name) (0+ / 0-)

    What a civilized way to determine things, by way of a soccer game. Of course it begs the question is God on the side of the losing team?

  •  I'd like to pint out that (0+ / 0-)

    soccer is appropriately named football.  It's also termed "football" by the rest of the world.

  •  Football everywhere but here (0+ / 0-)

    I believe it is only in the US where it's called soccer, everyone else uses football and calls the other not as cool sport played with a pigskin American/United States(in the local language) football.

  •  what comes after the thought police (0+ / 0-)

    Jihad in the heart - definitely gets you Guantanamo bound.  Arrest, try, and convict someone before the someone does anything just because he MIGHT do something?  American justice is now an oxymoron.  

  •  hastert gets served (0+ / 0-)

    Vermonters deliver impeachment resolutions to Congress

    By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian

    Posted May 1, 2006

    WASHINGTON — An effort that began in March culminated Monday when three Vermont communities delivered a message to House Speaker Dennis Hastert: Start the process to impeach Pres. George Bush.

    Six Vermont towns passed resolutions on Town Meeting Day calling for Bush’s impeachment. On Monday, Ellen Tenney, a bookstore owner from Rockingham, hand delivered petitions to Hastert, an Illinois Republican.

    Neither Hastert nor his chief of staff was there when the office opened, as many members of Congress are not in Washington on Mondays. Tenney described the meeting with Hastert’s staff members who were in the office as “bland and not very friendly.”

    She said it should have been no surprise that the petitions would be delivered.

    “I had called and told him that we were coming, but I couldn’t get anyone to call me back to set up an actual appointment,” said Tenney, who was joined by representatives from AfterDowningStreet.org and ImpeachPAC.org, two web-based organizations that have been encouraging Bush’s impeachment. She was also joined by Julia DeWalt, daughter of Newfane Selectman Dan DeWalt, and a chief author of that town’s resolution, which sparked interest by other towns in Vermont.

    source

    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. - Samuel Johnson

    by sedrunsic on Mon May 01, 2006 at 01:50:02 PM PDT

  •  Herbert, Krugman (0+ / 0-)

    Sleepyheads: Herbert, Krugman, you know where to go. Off to write something original for a change.

    JP
    http://jurassicpork.blogspot.com

    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Mon May 01, 2006 at 01:54:23 PM PDT

  •  wimpy democratic candidate? (0+ / 0-)

    ..It’s simply impossible to know before someone reaches the White House whether he or she has the potential for greatness... was seen as weak and not especially bright, so unprincipled that he was dubbed the “corkscrew candidate” for acting as if the shortest distance between two points was a corkscrew. He flip-flopped .. and straddled ... All of the top pundits thought he was the worst possible candidate for the Democrats and a likely loser  When he was nominated for president the galleries booed.  

    Who was this?  LINK

  •  So this is (0+ / 0-)

    probably the most terrifying thing I've ever read:

    "Let's, first of all, pray there's no hurricanes,'' Bush said. "That would be, like, step one.''

    http://www.startribune.com/...

    "The billboards shade the flags they wave. . ." -Bright Eyes (-7.50, -7.33)

    by indiemcemopants on Mon May 01, 2006 at 02:58:37 PM PDT

  •  A Little History Here (0+ / 0-)

    As for the first item in the post, it's important to find the real target, not the easy one.  GOP America wants to jail people for what's in their hearts and minds?  I detest that, but I can't lay all the blame at their feet.  Nor can I completely blame liberal identity politics, much as I loathe it, for promulgating hate crime legislation, which seeks to jail people for what's in their hearts and minds.  No, this is a great Ameican tradition, crush non-comformity, the more individual, the more it deserves crushing.  Nothing new.  How about 1920?  The state of Massachusetts imprisoned and eventually executed Sacco & Vanzetti for nothing more than what was in their hearts and minds.  Probably doesn't take much digging to go further into the past of this great American tradition.

  •  An historic? (0+ / 0-)

    I know it's correct, but I've never gotten why "an" is used with "historical".

  •  Letter from Bob Kerrey (0+ / 0-)

    Sent from johnkerry.com:

    When we were in the Senate together, John Kerry and I shared a lot more than a last name. We both came to public service after having served our country in Vietnam. And that experience caused us to make a fifteen year effort to bring peace to Cambodia, resolve the POW-MIA issue, write a road map to normalization with our former enemy, and follow that road map until a former prisoner of war returned as our ambassador in 1998.

    That diplomatic voyage was long and very contentious. It began with President George Herbert Walker Bush and ended with President Clinton. It was not possible without the courageous leadership of Senator John McCain and many other Vietnam veterans who served in Congress. It was angrily opposed by many and reignited many of the bitter, personal debates surrounding the war itself.

    It's among my proudest accomplishments. We were able -- Republicans and Democrats together -- to achieve a great foreign policy success at the site of our worst foreign policy mistake. We stood shoulder to shoulder for peace and reconciliation. Millions of Cambodians and Vietnamese are better off today because of it. For me this was an effort worthy of our sacrifices and reflects my strongest desire for America's destiny as a peace maker.

    For those who have fought in war, decisions about war and peace and how you send men and women to war become personal in a hurry. Wars -- even when we agree they are necessary -- are not the result of our successes; they are the result of our failures.

    Something more, though, was seared into both John and me by our Vietnam experiences. Half of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall are the names of Americans who died after the policy makers knew our nation was on the wrong course, after both political parties called for expeditious withdrawal. And yet the war dragged on for five more years.

    "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"

    Thirty-five years ago, John Kerry asked that question as a recently returned Vietnam veteran testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He acted because he believed it was right to dissent from a war he believed was wrong -- and he was willing to endure the attacks of the Nixon Administration which hated John for saying what he believed.

    This testimony provoked more than partisan attacks. Even many of his fellow veterans were angry and some never forgave him. I remember this well because I nearly lost my first race for Governor because people thought I was John.

    Say what you want about the content of that testimony, it was an act of profound courage. And say what you want about that testimony, there is little doubt that Vietnam and the United States would have been spared tens of thousands of its youth had John's advice been taken.

    Ten days ago, in a powerful speech on Iraq and dissent at Boston's Faneuil Hall, John made it clear that those who disagree with President Bush's course in Iraq have a right and an obligation to challenge a President who they believe is wrong, a policy they believe is wrong, and a war in Iraq they believe weakens our nation.

    John stood up and defended the dissenters -- whether retired generals or our fellow Vietnam veteran Congressman Jack Murtha.

    In an age where those who speak out are too often vilified or worse, John spoke out about and acted on the real meaning of patriotism: having the courage to speak your mind, heart, and gut even when it's unpopular.

    I urge you to watch this vitally important speech and to forward it to as many people as possible.

    VIEW HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FANEUIL HALL SPEECH ON DISSENT AND IRAQ

    We're at a big moment here - one where each and every one of us must reject attempts to silence criticism of the rudderless course Washington has charted, one in which each of us must absolutely refuse to let soldiers and civilians die to save face for politicians unwilling to admit their mistakes or change course.

    I urge you to watch this speech and to join with John Kerry in speaking out and doing everything possible to make 2006 the year that we did what's right for our soldiers in Iraq, our nation's foreign policy values, and our national security.

    Sincerely,

    Senator Bob Kerrey

  •  Internet freedom (0+ / 0-)

    from MoveOn.org

    Dear friend of Internet freedom,

    In just a week, over 250,000 of us signed a petition demanding that Congress keep the Internet free. Joining this call are Google and eBay, groups ranging from MoveOn to Gun Owners of America, and even some celebrities.

    Some members of Congress already switched to our side, but companies like AT&T are pushing hard to win next week's vote and seize more control over the Internet.

    Together, we've got to up the ante. To reach 350,000 petition signatures, we're launching a contest: You can win an iPod Nano or BarnesandNoble.com gift certificate by asking your friends to sign the "Save the Internet" petition.

    To start, just forward this link to your friends and family with a short explanation of why you care about this issue:

    http://civic.moveon.org/...

    You can use the sample note at the bottom of this email, too.

    You will automatically get credit for anyone who signs the petition by using the petition link below. The 10 people who gather the most signatures by the end of the day on Monday, May 8th, will win an iPod Nano. The next 40 people will win a $20 BarnesandNoble.com gift certificate.You can see contest rules and track who's winning at:

    http://civic.moveon.org/...
    (This is not the petition link.)

    This petition will be delivered to Congress, and everyone who signs will be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the pressure on Congress before next week's House vote.

    Snopes.com, which monitors various causes that circulate on the Internet, explained:

    Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's...Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on snopes.com, or looks at a friend's MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user's web browser with the same priority. In recent months, however, some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane.

    If companies like AT&T have their way, Web sites ranging from Google to eBay to MoveOn either pay protection money to get into the "fast lane" or risk opening slowly on your computer. We can't let the Internet—this incredible medium which has been such a revolutionary force for democratic participation, economic innovation, and free speech—become captive to large corporations.

    To enter the contest, just personalize and send the email below to people you know. (Please don't spam people you don't know—it hurts our campaign.)

    Thank you for all you do, and good luck.

    –Eli Pariser, Noah T. Winer, and Adam Green, and the MoveOn.org Civic Action team
    Monday, May 1st, 2006

    P.S. You can support this member-driven campaign today, and make public awareness contests like this possible. As companies like AT&T spend millions lobbying Congress to gut Internet freedom, we will win this fight because of the power of regular people. A donation of $10, $20, or more would go a long way. You can donate here:

    https://civic.moveon.org/donatec4/creditcard.html?id=7448-3554687-CwRBxavuL5P2G.hK2rcEIA&t=3

    P.P.S. Here's a sample email you can personalize and send to your friends, family, and co-workers:

    Hi,

    Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an iPod? Everything we do online will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law next week that gives giant corporations more control over what we do and see on the Internet.

    Internet providers like AT&T are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality—the Internet's First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. BarnesandNoble.com doesn't have to outbid Amazon for the right to work properly on your computer.

    If Net Neutrality is gutted, almost every popular site—from Google to eBay to iTunes—must either pay protection money to Internet companies like AT&T or risk having their websites process slowly. That why these high-tech pioneers and others are opposing Congress' effort to gut Internet freedom.

    You can do your part today—can you sign this petition telling your member of Congress to preserve Internet freedom? Click here:

    http://www.civic.moveon.org/...

    I signed this petition, along with 250,000 others so far. This petiton will be delivered to Congress before the House of Representatives votes next week. When you sign, you'll be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the heat on Congress.

    Snopes.com, which monitors various causes that circulate on the Internet, explained:

    Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's...Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on snopes.com, or looks at a friend's MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user's web browser with the same priority. In recent months, however, some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane.

    If companies like AT&T have their way, Web sites ranging from Google to eBay to iTunes either pay protection money to get into the "fast lane" or risk opening slowly on your computer. We can't let the Internet—this incredible medium which has been such a revolutionary force for democratic participation, economic innovation, and free speech—become captive to large corporations.

    Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Together, we do care about preserving the free and open Internet.

    Please sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Internet freedom. Click here:

    http://www.civic.moveon.org/...

    Thanks.

  •  My recommendation for DailyKos Layout changes (0+ / 0-)

    Down the right column, I think the categories should be reconfigured as follows:

    Menu
    About
    Tools
    Recommended Diaries
    Recent Diaries
    Colbert Diaries
    Candidates
    Initiatives

    Yummmmm... Truthiness tastes good... ;-)

  •  Med D: Shocking Penalty Info And Activism (0+ / 0-)

    "Do not go gentle into that good night." Dylan Thomas.

    by Street Kid on Mon May 01, 2006 at 04:28:10 PM PDT

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