Archive for August 28th, 2008

LIVE: The Democratic Convention

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:00 PM MST

Watch The Democratic Convention Live

The Huffington Post |   August 28, 2008 06:43 PM

Use the CNN player below to watch the Democratic Convention live. (Click on the player, and then select the appropriate channel from the larger player that pops up.)


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public is the new private

by betmo @ 7:32 PM EDT

“Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.”

abc news producer arrested in denver

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By- Suzie-Q @ 4:15 PM MST

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anthony @ 21:35 BST


This morning my new book officially goes on sale. It has a fancy title: “Mike’s Election Guide.” It’s cheap ($11.19 on Amazon). It’s got a cool quote on the back cover from Republican congressman Tom Davis: “The Republican brand is in the trash can … If we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf.”

And it’s got 200+ pages of facts and ideas that you won’t read anywhere else, like:

** Does John McCain think it’s right to drop bombs on civilians in (his words) “heavily populated” cities?

** The only reason Social Security is running out of money is because people who make over $102,000 a year pay NO social security tax on what they make over $102,000 (if they did, we’d have enough money in Social Security for the next 75 years!).

** Bring back the draft — but only draft the rich. If they have to serve, they won’t be so eager to start ridiculous wars.

** Despite what you’ve heard, we actually pay more “taxes” than France or any European country — and get none of the benefits they receive.

** Why we must arrest Misters Bush and Cheney as they slip out of the White House this coming January 20th for the crimes they have committed.


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Musk Ox …. Gores … (sorry had to do it)

Posted by Basheert @ 1:25pm

Courtesy of McLatchky

Lovelorn musk ox gores prized sled dog

A musk ox raging through Cyrus Harris’ dog yard took two shots from a high-powered rifle before turning on the musher, who squeezed off another round as the foundering beast tripped on some brush and fell just short of plowing him down.

Harris, his wife and child were uninjured, but one of the three dogs cornered during the mid-afternoon confrontation was gored in the stomach outside the residence at Sheshalik Spit, about 12 miles out of Kotzebue, Alaska.

“Musk ox come and go every so often and we’re fortunate that they were able to leave us alone as we leave them alone, but this one just so happened to have a mind of its own, and it was crazy,” said Harris, 51. “I’m just going to have to shoot first and talk later next time to avoid any more injuries.”

Read the complete story at adn.com

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Iraq US Veteran Soldiers Confront Riot Police!

GEF @ 4:18 PM ET

Iraq Vets Against the War Lead Thousands in Denver March

By Ruth Conniff, August 28, 2008

It started as a modest sized march. From the Rage Against the Machine concert at the Denver Coliseum, about 150 soldiers in uniform began the four-mile march to the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver to protest the Iraq War.

Behind the troops, who marched calling cadence and chanting antiwar slogans, came a larger group in civilian clothes, cheering and waving signs, and growing larger and larger as the marchers wended their way through the downtown.

As they drew near the heavily guarded convention center, cops in riot gear lined the street, and helicopters buzzed overhead.

At an intersection, the group stopped facing squad cars with lights on and a phalanx of black-clad police.

“We can go on here or not,” one of the march’s organizers told the troops through a megaphone.

The march was unauthorized and it was unclear whether the police intended to have a confrontation. She seemed to be trying to calm everyone for a moment, pointing out that the Denver police so far have not been “prone to violence.” The march continued, and the civilians bringing up the rear cheered.

It was quite a spectacle: the soldiers in dress uniform and fatigues, and the cops in riot gear watching them from the sidelines.

The soldiers chanted:

“Everywhere we go
People want to know
Who we are
Where we came from.
We are the veterans
Iraq War veterans
Antiwar veterans
Pissed-off veterans”


“Hey, Hey Uncle Sam
We remember Vietnam
We don’t want your Iraq War
Peace is what we’re marching for”

At an intersection, the group stopped to read a letter to Barack Obama asking that, as the antiwar candidate, he agree to three core principles: the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, full and adequate health care for all returning U.S. service members, and reparations to the Iraqi people.

The police presence intensified. I passed a cop videotaping the marchers and a marcher in a green “copwatch” vest videotaping him right back.

Over the long course, from the outskirts of town into the denser downtown, the energy from the crowd seemed to build. The marchers chanting had a hypnotic effect.

“It’s alright
Its OK
Remember MLK
He tried to lead the way
But he was shot one day
early in the morning”

A young woman standing on the sidewalk in a midriff-baring Obama shirt sang along.

More and more people joined the march, until, suddenly, looking back as the group crossed a bridge and then paused right outside the Pepsi Center, you could see several thousand people in a line stretching as far as the eye could see.

As the group passed into the perimeter of the convention hall, the police presence grew more threatening. “Hey, those ones have masks,” someone pointed out. A group of police in gas masks were pulling on thick gloves and grabbing their batons.

A white van with police in black flak jackets hanging off it rolled alongside the marchers.

A lot of mohawks, dreads, and tattoos passed delegates in khaki pants and dress shirts.

Walking down a narrow alley along a thick mesh fence, police on horseback, also with gas masks on, were barely visible on the other side. It was an eerie scene. “We’re going down a blind alley,” someone said. Then an activist from Code Pink started strumming a guitar, and the women around her started singing “God Bless America, No Blood For OIl” and “Time to End the War” to the tune of “Dinah Won’t You Blow.” (One of them was wearing a princess hat and wheeling a pink bicycle). It was so silly and cheerful it broke the scary mood.

The feeling of the whole, thousands-strong group was moving. “It’s beautiful,” one marcher said, looking back at the crowd in the late afternoon sun.

While the marchers were outside, inside the convention Harry Reid was giving a speech against the “war for oil” in Iraq from the convention stage. Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, was answering tough questions from the founder of Digg on CNN about why the Democrats in Congress have failed to pull the troops out of Iraq.

And across town, at the University of Denver super-rally for Ralph Nader, Jello Biafra, the Colorado native and founder of the band the Dead Kennedeys, was doing a hilarious riff on the police lockdown in Denver (which is actually significantly less intense than the conventions 4 and even 8 years ago).

The convention security, Biafra said, reminded him “how really antidemocratic the Democratic Party really is”:

“Look at al the barriers everywhere. They spent $15 million on them just so people like the Iraq Veterans Against the War . . . couldn’t deliver a very diplomatically written letter to Barack Obama.”

“What are they afraid of?” Biafra demanded. “That someone will throw a pie at Nancy Pelosi for being so spineless?”

The thing that stays with me is the sight of those troops looking worried but determined in the face of police force and possible public hostility, trying to make their statement for peace, and how, at the last moment, the whole, huge crowd of civilians had joined them, lifting up their little march and transforming it into an enormous, uplifting show of support.

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For those who missed it

Posted by Basheert @ 1:10pm

Courtesy of DailyKos

Last night at the convention, John Kerry gave a speech.  Turns out it was quite a speech.  Where was this man 4  years ago?

Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 12:18:50 PM PDT

John Kerry last night, delivering instant classic smackdown:

I have known and been friends with John McCain for almost 22 years. But every day now I learn something new about candidate McCain. To those who still believe in the myth of a maverick instead of the reality of a politician, I say, let’s compare Senator McCain to candidate McCain.

Candidate McCain now supports the wartime tax cuts that Senator McCain once denounced as immoral. Candidate McCain criticizes Senator McCain’s own climate change bill. Candidate McCain says he would now vote against the immigration bill that Senator McCain wrote. Are you kidding? Talk about being for it before you’re against it.

Let me tell you, before he ever debates Barack Obama, John McCain should finish the debate with himself. And what’s more, Senator McCain, who once railed against the smears of Karl Rove when he was the target, has morphed into candidate McCain who is using the same “Rove” tactics and the same “Rove” staff to repeat the same old politics of fear and smear. Well, not this year, not this time. The Rove-McCain tactics are old and outworn, and America will reject them in 2008.

Gallup has the beginning of a bounce:

Democratic candidate Barack Obama has gained ground in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking average from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and now leads Republican John McCain among registered voters by a 48% to 42% margin.

The “official” bounce is on Monday, the day Gallup uses to compare to previous years; a typical Gallup bounce is 5 points. While the value of the yardstick is arguable, nonetheless for the Nervous Nellies looking for a bounce, here are your tea leaves. – DemFromCT

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Obama To Woo Nation Tonight

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:10 PM MST

Invesco Field at Mile High as it appears Tuesday, August 26, 2008, two days before Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama will accept the partys nomination there. (Photo by Jim Carroll, Congressional Quarterly)

Invesco Field at Mile High as it appears Tuesday, August 26, 2008, two days before Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama will accept the party's nomination there. (Photo by Jim Carroll, Congressional Quarterly)

Obama plays some hoops, works on speech

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN, Associated Press Writer 29 minutes ago

DENVER – Barack Obama aims to weave the personal with the political Thursday night as he tells 75,000 supporters in a football stadium — and millions more at home — how as president he would make a difference in their lives.

He put finishing touches on his speech Thursday morning, but also found time to shoot some hoops on a basketball court at the Denver Athletic Club.

Aides said his address accepting the Democratic presidential nomination would be a “direct conversation” with Americans on what’s at stake and the risks of putting another Republican in the White House.

Obama, who first gained national prominence just four years ago in a speech to the 2004 Democratic Convention as a little-known Illinois state senator, was also expected to draw contrasts with rival John McCain and try to dispel any remaining concerns Americans might have about his capability to govern.

Republican McCain said he wasn’t ready to announce a running mate just yet, although he was expected to do so by week’s end, possibly Friday.

Obama accepts the Democratic nomination Thursday night at Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High.

Three hours before the day’s program began, as many as 1,000 people were lined up at a pedestrian entrance to the stadium. On a hot, sunny day, security people were advising the crowd to drink a lot of water. Nearby street parking was going for as much as $80 a space.

“Senator Obama’s speech tonight will be as he himself has characterized it, more workmanlike, a very direct conversation with the American people about the choice we face in this election. About the risk of staying on the same path we’re on, the risk of just more of the same versus the change we need,” Obama spokeswoman Anita Dunn said in a conference call with reporters.


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Afternoon Jukebox… Keep The Peace

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:05 PM MST

INXS – Keep The Peace

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good to know

by betmo

halliburton sued for human trafficking

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