Archive for May 25th, 2007

by- Doug Basham @ 3:07 PM PDT



May 25, 2007


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On Saturday May 26th, Senator Mike Gravel will be the guest on the Basham and Cornell Radio Show at 9 am PST on AM 1230 KLAV in Las Vegas. Mike is currently a candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President of the United States. He is a former 2-term Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981.

In 1971, he waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months that forced the Nixon administration to cut a deal, effectively ending the draft in the United States. He is most prominently known for his release of the Pentagon Papers, the secret official study that revealed the lies and manipulations of successive U.S. administrations that misled the country into the Vietnam War. After the New York Times published portions of the leaked study, the Nixon administration moved to block any further publication of information and to punish any newspaper publisher who revealed the contents.

From the floor of the senate, Gravel (a junior senator at the time) insisted that his constituents had a right to know the truth behind the war and proceeded to read 4,100 pages of the 7,000 page document into the senate record. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Senator Gravel did not have the right and responsibility to share official documents with his constituents. He then published The Senator Gravel Edition, The Pentagon Papers, (Beacon Press 1971). This publication resulted in litigation, Gravel v. U.S., resulting in a landmark Supreme Court decision relative to the Speech and Debate Clause of the United States Constitution.

One of the leading opponents of the Vietnam War, Senator Gravel was one of the first current or former elected officials to publicly oppose the planned invasion of Iraq in 2002. He appeared on MSNBC prior to the invasion insisting that intelligence showed that there were indeed no weapons of mass destruction, that Iraq posed no threat to the United States and that invading Iraq was against America’s national interests and would result in a disaster of epic proportions for both the United States and the Iraqi people.

Gravel has led an effort to get a United States Constitutional amendment to allow voter-initiated federal legislation similar to state ballot initiatives. He argues that Americans are able to legislate responsibly, and that the Act and Amendment in the National Initiative would allow American citizens to become “law makers”.

The Basham and Cornell Radio Show broadcasts nationally Saturday mornings at 9 am Pacific (12 noon Eastern). All shows are simulcast on the Internet and can be listened to at www.BashamAndCornell.com

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Lincoln’s Warning to “We The People”

by Geezer Power …2:43 PM PDT


Monarchy is sometimes hinted at as a possible refuge from the power of the people. In my present position I would be scarcely justified were I to omit exercising a warning voice against returning despotism. There is one point to which I ask attention: it is the effort to place capitol on an equal footing with, if not above labor in the structure of our government. I bid the laboring people to beware of surrendering a power that they already possess, and which surrendered will surely be used to close the door to advancement to such as they, and fix new disabilities and burdens upon them, till all of liberty be lost. Labor is prior to and independent of capitol. Capitol is only the fruit of labor and never could have existed had not labor previously existed. Labor is much the superior and deserves much the higher consideration.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Summer Wine

by- Suzie-Q @ 1:42 PM MST

Happy Friday!

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.  🙂

The Corrs And Bono- Summer Wine

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6 More U.S. Soldiers Dead In Iraq

by- Suzie-Q @ 11:41 AM MST

KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) – Fiery Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr appeared in public for the first time in months on Friday to renew demands for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and paint himself as a leader for all Iraqis.

About the time he was delivering a sermon at Friday prayers in the holy city of Kufa, Iraqi special forces killed a top leader of his feared Mehdi Army militia in southern Basra.

The U.S. military announced on Friday the deaths of six more soldiers in Iraq, underscoring President George W. Bush’s prediction on Thursday that a bloody summer lay ahead.

Sadr had not been seen since before a security crackdown began in Baghdad and other areas in February, but the charismatic cleric re-emerged to brand the United States, Britain and Israel the “evil trio”.

In his sermon, Sadr sought to portray himself as a national leader prepared to defend the interests of Sunni Muslims and Christians as well as majority Shi’ites.

“I renew my demand for the occupiers to leave or to draw up a timetable for withdrawal, and I ask the government not to let the occupiers extend their occupation even for one day,” Sadr told thousands of worshippers.

The U.S. military says Sadr fled to Iran in January before the Baghdad security plan was launched, but aides to the young cleric insist he never left Iraq.

“Now that he’s back from four months in Iran, we hope he’ll play a constructive role in the future of Iraq,” White House National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Washington.

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Are The Rubber Stamp Days Back?

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:31 AM MST

It’s astonishing how tough Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s talk was after the 2006 election compared to now. In the The Daily Show clip to your right [below], Stewart points out that a bill Republican Sen. John Warner put out on Iraq War funding several months back is virtually identical to the one the Democrats enthusiastically supported last night. Yet at the time Warner’s bill was being debated Reid called it “tepid” and “very weak”. A lot of people feel that way about the Democrats right now.


Jon Stewart- May 24, 2007

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How Star Wars Changed My Life

by- Actor212 @ 11:34 AM EDT

Today, in case you missed it, is the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars.

So much has been written about the cultural effects of the film: we can begin with the introduction of Buddhist concepts imbued in The Force to a western audience in palatable form, to the reintroduction of old mythological icons along with a revival of Joseph Campbell’s career.

We can talk about the linguistic effects it’s had: “I have a bad feeling about this,” or “May The Force be with you.”

We can talk about the dreamery that was incubated by George Lucas and all those marvelous toys, set against the backdrop of what is essentially a western (basically, The Searchers). If Star Trek’s communicators brought us flip cell phones, one can only imagine what Star Wars lightsabres will bring us!

Actually, that’s a chilling thought, what with Republicans hel-bent on world domination.

We can talk about how filmmaking changed, going from a story-driven, reasonably cheap medium to an overblown, special effect laden blockbuster crap shoot, just in time for the VCR. Star Wars might actually have saved Hollywood. How this movie spawned Raiders of the Lost Ark, Terminator, even Titanic is the stuff of a history of filmmaking course.

Me, I’d rather talk about how the film changed my life, coming as it did just as I was leaving adolescence for adulthood. The ultimate “good versus evil” film, it showed me that good is not always pure, and that evil is not always it’s own creation (indeed, the arc of the story from film #1 through #6 bears this out: evil is as evil does, and sometimes, one can renounce evil through sheer force of will). Thus, A New Hope.

It helped teach me to trust my own feelings, even when the world around me whispers urgently into my ear that something else is right, just because it’s more popular.

It helped me, just after Vietnam and Watergate and the cancellation of the moon landings, to see that there could be a bigger future for this world, not just this country, one where science and faith live side by side. Mankind would survive, no matter the forces arrayed against it.

Most important, and a theme that keeps popping up lately for me, it shows me that one man in the right place at the right time can make a difference.

Even if that place is the voting booth or an office holder’s Inbox.

Good luck today, and hey, may The Force be with you!

Oh, before I forget….the story ain’t over, it seems…(hat tip, yet again, to MissCellania for pointing this out)

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Olbermann: Has Bush Lost All Credibility?

by- Suzie-Q @ 8:06 AM MST

Keith Olbermann talks with John Dean and asks if Bush has lost all credibility.

Keith points out, Bush says we’re trying diplomacy with Iran but yet the Navy has just arrived on their doorstep. Also, Keith and John discuss Congress and the Iraq funding bill.

May 24, ’07 program.

Keith Olbermann-  May 24, 2007

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