Archive for January 21st, 2008

Martin Luther King III– Note To John Edwards

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:25 PM MST

Martin Luther King III to John Edwards: I challenge all candidates to follow your lead

By: Nicole Belle on Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 6:10 PM – PST

On Saturday afternoon, John Edwards met with Martin Luther King III, son of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the King Center in Atlanta. He received this note (.pdf) from him the following day:

…I appreciate that on the major issues of health care, the environment, and the economy, you have framed the issues for what they are – a struggle for justice. And, you have almost single-handedly made poverty an issue in this election.

You know as well as anyone that the 37 million people living in poverty have no voice in our system. They don’t have lobbyists in Washington and they don’t get to go to lunch with members of Congress. Speaking up for them is not politically convenient. But, it is the right thing to do.

I am disturbed by how little attention the topic of economic justice has received during this campaign. I want to challenge all candidates to follow your lead, and speak up loudly and forcefully on the issue of economic justice in America.[..]

I believe that now, more than ever, we need a leader who wakes up every morning with the knowledge of that injustice in the forefront of their minds, and who knows that when we commit ourselves to a cause as a nation, we can make major strides in our own lifetimes. My father was not driven by an illusory vision of a perfect society. He was driven by the certain knowledge that when people of good faith and strong principles commit to making things better, we can change hearts, we can change minds, and we can change lives.

So, I urge you: keep going. Ignore the pundits, who think this is a horserace, not a fight for justice. My dad was a fighter. As a friend and a believer in my father’s words that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, I say to you: keep going. Keep fighting. My father would be proud.

I don’t know about you, but if I got a letter like that, it would be framed and on my wall where every visitor could see it.

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Open Head Thread!

GEF @ 5:01 PM MST

Open Head Thread! Write your Own Caption!


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By- Suzie-Q @ 12:10 PM MST

What can I say? This must be my lucky day! Two handsome and talented writers in one day… whew! 🙂

Please give a big welcome to Bob Cesca as a contributor to the Suzie-Q blog!

You probably know Bob from Huffington Post and his blog. Below is his Bio and I’ll let it speak for itself.

Bob Cesca

Bob Cesca is a writer, director and producer, and the founder of Camp Chaos, an animation studio based near Philadelphia. He’s been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post since August, 2005.

Bob has written and produced hundreds of animated shorts as well as music videos for Iron Maiden, Meat Loaf, Everclear, Yes and Motley Crue. He’s also the creator of the politically charged animated sketch show ILL-ustrated which aired for two seasons on VH1 and MTV2. His current animated project is Kung Fu Jimmy Chow.

Bob grew up in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. He graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration on media and the American Presidency. Prior to Camp Chaos, Bob was a talk radio host, radio news reporter and freelance journalist. In his spare time, Bob is a Civil War historian and a road cycling fan (he also rides 100 miles a week, but not very well).

Shortly after 9/11, Bob directed the award-winning independent feature film, The War Effort, a satirical documentary about the nation’s post-9/11 knee-jerk patriotism.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 11:45 AM MST

Good Morning/Afternoon Justice Bloggers!

Please give a warm welcome to Paul Rieckhoff as a Contributor to the Suzie-Q blog!

Below is Paul’s Bio and it is very impressive.  I am sure you will recognize his incredible work with IAVA and the author of Chasing Ghosts!

Paul Rieckhoff

Paul Rieckhoff is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Executive Director and Founder of IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America), the country’s first and largest Iraq Veterans group. IAVA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization headquartered in New York City.

Rieckhoff is a nationally recognized authority on the war in Iraq and issues affecting troops, military families and veterans. His critically-acclaimed memoir, Chasing Ghosts was recently publilshed by Penguin.

Rieckhoff created IAVA in June 2004 along with a few dedicated Veterans, a handful of volunteers, and some serious credit-card debt. In less than one year, the organization had attracted thousands of Iraq War Veterans and more than 65,000 grassroots supporters across America. Whether you are an Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran or not, you can become a part of the new Veterans movement here.

The rapidly-growing membership of Iraq and Afghanistan war Veterans began speaking out on the airwaves and in the newspapers. The media quickly came to realize that Troops returning from the thick of battle possessed a uniquely informed and valuable perspective. By the beginning of 2005, appearances or statements by IAVA members had made well over 100 million media impressions worldwide. Today, IAVA continues to be a force in the media. The organization also makes an impact in Washington DC–and in cities and towns across America. IAVA conducts a nationwide college tour, testifies at congressional hearings, and crafts and supports critical legislation proposed by both republicans and democrats.

After graduating from Amherst College in 1998 with a degree in Political Science, Rieckhoff coached high school football, worked on Wall Street, participated in the rescue efforts at Ground Zero on 9/11, and served as an infantry platoon leader in Iraq from 2003-2004. In the spring of 2004, Rieckhoff became one of the first Iraq veterans to publicly criticize the war and demand accountability from elected officials.

He is a regular commentator on TV and radio and recent appearances include: ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, Anderson Cooper 360, Fox’s Hannity and Colmes, and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. In November 2004, Rieckhoff was honored by Esquire magazine as one of “America’s Best and Brightest for 2004” and was interviewed Tom Brokaw on The NBC Nightly News.

Rieckhoff has also had opinion pieces printed by AlterNet, Knight-Ridder and the International Herald Tribune and has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Army Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, New York Daily News, Newsday and A.P.

Rieckhoff is a staunch political independent and lives in New York City’s East Village.

More info at ChasingGhosts.com and myspace.com/paulrieckhoff

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Remembering Martin Luther King

anthony @ 18:25 GMT

Martin Luther King “I have a dream”

Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

Martin Luther King’s Last Speech

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Mickey Mouse for President & Where’s Dennis?

by Geezer Power …10:52 am

Kucinich Wins Debate Poll, ABC Covers Up Results

Mother Jone’s 08/22/07

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich’s supporters (and, according to his website, even some non-supporters) are demanding that ABC explain its actions of the last few days.

On Monday afternoon, Congressman Kucinich took a significant lead in the ABC online poll: Who won the Democratic debate? About the time that he took that lead, ABC removed the poll from its prominent position on the ABC website. Then a new poll suddenly went up, “Who is winning the Democratic debate?”

Those events could be seen as technical glitches, but there was more to come. Kucinich took the lead in the second poll, also, and that poll, too, was dropped. ABC also “forgot” to announce the results (Kucinich tied with Sen. Hillary Clinton as the winner), and news about the poll is nowhere to be seen on the ABC website. Kucinich was also cut out of a group photo of all the candidates in the debate.

It’s a wonder viewers were even able to vote for Kucinich in the poll. He was not permitted to answer a question from debate moderator George Stephanopoulos until the debate had been under way for half an hour.

So far, the network has failed to respond to questions about these events.

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Honeybees may be wiped out in 10 years

anthony @ 17:40 GMT

The year before last, out of sheer laziness, I allowed the grass and the dandelions to grow on my front lawn until summer. The dandelions attracted the bees and I enjoyed watching these marvellous little creatures sucking the nectar out of the dandelion flowers.

Last year, I decided to allow the grass and dandelions to grow again, but, unlike the previous year, there were no bees. But it was encouraging to see a family of chaffinches, one of Britain’s most colourful birds and formerly an endangered species, eating the seeds in the dandelion floss.

By Jasper Copping | Telegraph.co.uk | Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 20/01/2008

Honeybees will die out in Britain within a decade as virulent diseases and parasites spread through the nation’s hives, experts have warned.

Whole colonies of bees are already being wiped out, with current methods of pest control unable to stop the problem.

The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) said that if the crisis continued, honeybees would disappear completely from Britain by 2018, causing “calamitous” economic and environmental problems.

It called on the Government to restart shelved research programmes and to fund new ones to try to save the insects.

Tim Lovett, the association’s president, said: “The situation has become insupportable and the Government is unwilling to take steps to avoid disaster.

“We’re increasingly unable to cope with threats as they arise. No bees means a huge cost to agriculture, without touching on the ecological and environmental issues. We’re facing calamitous results.” (more…)

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FLASHBACK: McCain… Past Comes To Haunt …

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:00 AM MST

McCain: It’s ‘Fun’ When I ‘Misspeak’ About Progress In Iraq

In a recent TV interview, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) criticized CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, saying he didn’t know what was going on in Iraq. As proof of progress, McCain claimed, “General Petraeus goes out there almost every day in an unarmed humvee.” Tonight in a 60 Minutes interview, McCain acknowledged that statement was a lie. He said “there is no unarmored humvees. Obviously, that’s the case.” He excused himself, saying, “I’m trying to make the point over and over and over again that we are making progress.”

McCain also previously claimed that there are neighborhoods that you can walk around freely, claiming his heavily-armed stroll through a Baghdad market was an example. Tonight, McCain said he can “understand why they would provide me with that security.”

“Of course I’m gonna misspeak,” McCain said. “I’ve done it on numerous occasions. And I probably will in the future. I regret that when I divert attention to something that I’ve said from my message. But that’s just life. And I’m happy, frankly, with the way I operate. Otherwise it’d be a lot less fun.”

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60 Minutes host Scott Pelley noted that McCain had been a fierce critic of Donald Rumsfeld but seems to “give President Bush a pass.” McCain responded, “I say that he is responsible and I will continue to say that he is responsible. Should I look back in anger? Or should I look forward?”

McCain harbors no anger because he has been an early cheerleader of ill-conceived Iraq war and remains one today.

More from Carpetbagger, TPM, and Cliff Schecter.

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Cramer to Birdie – “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!”

GEF @ 7:08 AM MST

VIDEO: Cramer on MSNBC – “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!”

MBIA, Ambac Bond Default Risk Exceeds 70%, Swaps Show

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Just One More Year! Good Riddance to George W. Bush

Sudhan @11:30 CET

But what kind of mess will the next president inherit, exactly 12 months from today? By Rupert Cornwell in Washington

The Independent, UK, January 20, 2008

Arabia is the land of illusion and desert mirages. And as he jetted last week from kingdom to sheikdom, to be regaled with feasts and falcons, jewels and ornamental swords, George Bush might have imagined that all was well with his presidency. But this, his longest and most ambitious trip to the Middle East, will surely be remembered – if it is remembered at all – as a gaudy, irrelevant footnote to a presidency that has long since failed.
Today is a sombre milestone, marking the start of the last of Mr Bush’s eight years in the White House. This being a leap year, exactly 366 days remain until 20 January 2009, when his successor will be sworn into office. It is a time when incumbents look to their legacies. And for this President the view could scarcely be bleaker.

Is he the worst President in US history? Mr Bush faces stiff competition from the likes of James Buchanan, who watched as America slipped towards civil war, or Warren Harding with his corrupt administration, or Herbert Hoover, who failed to halt the slide into the Great Depression, or, more recently, Richard Nixon, the only President to be forced to resign. But in terms of dogmatism, incompetence, ignorance and divisiveness, Mr Bush surely compares with any of the above.

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