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KS-04: Best Betts for Red to Blue "October Surprise"

by GreyHawk Wed Oct 8th, 2008 at 06:20:45 AM EST

As the election season heats up and the races for state and federal offices begin their final mad rush through October toward the November 4 finish line, the overall theme appears to be one of much needed change.  It's time to dispense with the ideas that have wrought two wars, undermined our constitution, diminished critical federal oversight and cast us into an economic tailspin of failure, corruption and greed.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Red to Blue initiative has helped bring the Democratic 50 State strategy to fruition by helping candidates in competitive races get a leg up on funding and support.  It's a start, but it's incomplete.

There are some other bets worth placing, like in Kansas Congressional District 4, for example: candidate and Democratic State Senator Donald Betts, vs. Republican incumbent Todd Tiahrt.  It's a race that has the potential to unseat Tiahrt, a stalwart Bush/Cheney supporter who has been closely tied to both Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff.  I had the opportunity to speak with Senator Betts earlier today. I'll post the interview tomorrow; meanwhile, read on, learn about the race and help out if you can.

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"I don't swim in your toilet, so don't pee in my..."

by GreyHawk Sun Feb 17th, 2008 at 11:11:15 AM EST

On January 12, 2008, I posted a piece titled Smarter Parts: Improving Efficient Energy Use and Demand? that touched upon an experimental program sponsored out of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The essence of the program was to create a home energy system that could respond to changing prices and peak demand loads by dialing back energy consumption. The system would be accessible via the internet so homeowners could make changes in absentia. An update to the story included another article indicating that in 2009, California regulators may have direct access to homeowner thermostats via radio-controlled devices in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages -- a plan cooked up by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

I opened a discussion thread for the piece in a few places, including several Delphi forums. In one thread,1 some energy and water efficiency ideas came up. One in particular spawned the short poll that you're about to see. Please read on, and take the poll; results will be published at the end of next week and included in another piece that I will cross-post in all areas where this appears.

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Video: Wexler Confronts Condi on Iraq War Lies; Calls for Contempt Vote (reprinted w/permission)

by GreyHawk Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 11:18:14 PM EST

The following message is reprinted with permission from Congressman Wexler's office.

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Today, in hearings on Capitol Hill, I confronted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her role in the lies, exaggerations, and misdirection that led us into the Iraq war.

During my questioning, Secretary Rice falsely stated that she never saw intelligence casting doubt on the Bush Administration claims that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. This unbelievable statement is flatly contradicted by numerous government reports and CIA testimonials.

Sources such as the 2006 Senate Intelligence Report, a January 2004  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report as well as former CIA agents (including Tyler Drumheller) have disclosed that there was contrary intelligence to the information provided to the Bush Administration in the lead up to the Iraq war.

See this video:

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Fueling the Fires of War and Discontent: $100 Oil and $3 Gas on the Event Horizon

by GreyHawk Mon Oct 29th, 2007 at 11:43:18 PM EST

Originally published Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 10:46:23 AM EST on ePluribus Media.

This is troubling, not because it is unexpected but more due to the fact that many have predicted it and watched as their dire predictions came true. From CNN Money:1

With oil prices setting records over $90 a barrel - and $100 looking ever more likely - experts say there's a good chance drivers will see $3 gasoline before the end of the year.

"Three dollar gasoline in this market is unavoidable," said Stephen Schork, publisher of the industry newsletter the Schork Report. "At this rate, we're going to see $4 a gallon."

If you think that's bad, make the jump and read more...

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Discussion on Capitalism over at ePluribus Media

by GreyHawk Mon Aug 20th, 2007 at 09:33:54 AM EST

Hi folks.  Sorry I've not been over here in a while -- life's been a little challenging, and I'd been forced to limit online time and participation.  As things clear up, however, I'm trying to get back in the game.

I was hoping to pop the following into an Open Thread, but I think this is worth burning a diary on for the sake of promoting a good discussion.  People here and on BooMan Tribune are well-informed, and could offer some great insights -- particularly due to the nature of the discussion and the unique perspectives available here.  

(Hence, I'm also posting this over on the BooMan Tribune.)

...I'll check back and comment here, too, if folks discuss the topic here instead.

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The Mayor of Little Shoes Lane [2/22/2001 -- 2/20/2003]

by GreyHawk Wed Jun 6th, 2007 at 12:00:57 PM EST

The following is a true story. The names of people and places have been changed to protect the privacy of the family, and clipart (some modified) from wpclipart.com was used to replace actual photographs.

"TJ" was born on February 22, 2001. He died on the 20th of February, 2003. He was the eldest child of a small family, and big brother to his infant sister Liz. They all lived on a street we'll call Little Shoes Lane, in a small town in New England. At the funeral mass for TJ, his father spoke briefly about his son. He wanted the people who had never met TJ to get an idea of what he was like, and why he would be so sorely missed.

This text was inspired by those words, and is dedicated to the memory of TJ, penned by a sad uncle in February 2003.

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A Brief Note to Congress: "Faced with clear evidence of peril..."

by GreyHawk Fri Mar 2nd, 2007 at 11:53:09 PM EST

Members of Congress, do you recall these words?

Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
The words spoken by George W. Bush on October 7, 2002.The words evoked fear of a nuclear 9/11, pushing the nation and Congress to support action to prevent it.

Now we find ourselves upon the brink of another conflict, one which this Administration has long struggled to bring to fruition.

Smokey the Bear once admonished careless campers that only they can prevent forest fires; I, and the rest of the nation, must now take you, our Congress, to task. You, and only you, can prevent this Administration from initiating a nuclear catastrophe. Learn these words well, for they define this moment for all time:

Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.

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Enemies, Domestic

by GreyHawk Thu Feb 15th, 2007 at 01:20:05 PM EST

Article III, section 3 of the Constitution defines "treason" as follows:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The US Constitution does not explicitly define "enemy" as a foreigner. Indeed, the Oaths of Office for the primary branches of our government all explicitly contain the language "against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Nowhere is the concept of a "domestic enemy" defined.

Until now.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I do hereby swear and affirm that I believe George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney wholly constitute the definition of "domestic enemy," and that anyone who actively shelters them from the oversight of Congress, or interferes with the oversight and investigative portions of Congress, or who attempts to incite opinion against those who seek to investigate or maintain legitimate federal oversight, are adhering to as well as providing both aid and comfort to a domestic enemy of the United States.

In short, they are traitors to the nation.

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The New Way Forward: Strategic Withdrawal

by GreyHawk Sat Dec 23rd, 2006 at 01:24:53 PM EST

We are engaged in an illegal war of aggression in a foreign land for the sole purpose of controlling a primary resouce: oil. Although wrapped with the trimmings and trappings of rhetorical propaganda to make the dish more palatable, it is nothing more than an ongoing bloodbath and international theft.

That's all.

The proponents of this -- the architects of death and dissembly -- are still in charge, free from any degree of accountability to date. An intervention in the form of the ISG paved the way toward a few potential solutions, but the Administration has all but rejected it. The spin machine says we are planning a new way forward, but don't be deceived. The only "forward" thinking is how to get the national dialogue on to another topic. Forget the ISG and the temporary "surge" solutions. Here's how to extricate the nation from Iraq. It's not going to make any friends in the Beltway, as it requires adherence to the "Pottery Barn" rule, applied as it should be: through the sacrifice of a sacred cow and the conscious effort to restore the true mantle of American leaderhip. Make the jump...

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The Art of Danse Macabre

by GreyHawk Sun Dec 17th, 2006 at 10:12:33 AM EST

I started a series called "Danse Macabre" to illustrate the dangerous signs and trends of the Bush Administration and their neoconservative ideology. The third installment to the series has now been posted on the ePluribus Media Journal. It's entitled "Danse Macabre: The Return of Ja(a)far [Donald Rumsfeld]."  

This diary serves both as an invitation to check it out if you haven't seen it yet (it's long, bring coffee) as well as an opportunity to touch upon the various artists responsible for the images found within. Come on inside, and learn a little more about the artists and their works.

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Suess-Suess-Seussian (apologies to Phil Collins)

by GreyHawk Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 02:41:34 PM EST

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to millions as the infamous "Dr. Seuss" of "The Cat in the Hat" fame, had established a degree of fame before the start of World War II, but rocketed to superstardom during and particularly after the end of the war.  While generally regarded as "a genuinely idealistic" and good man, he was human -- imperfect -- and demonstrated one significant moral blind spot in an otherwise wholly commendable life: his utterly racist resentment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It's important to remember that he was imperfect, and to not gloss over this fact, but it is not the point of this piece. Therefore, I've mentioned it early on.

After the jump, however, I'd like to delve a bit into the significance of his other works, and the role they played in the shaping of our national conscience.  It's a role that I believe they can still play in today's society, perhaps helping to overcome the steady degradation and undermining of our educational system.

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The Return of Danse Macabre

by GreyHawk Sun Nov 26th, 2006 at 09:53:58 AM EST

Earlier this year I started writing a series I called "Danse Macabre" -- literally, the "Dance of Death" -- which was conceived to show the dangerous course that the Bush Administration was setting for our nation.  The vagaries of fortune interceded to interrupt the series before it was completed.

I have not abandoned it.

Fate being what it is, I now believe that it was fortuitous that the subsequent installments were put off until now, particularly in light of the recent changes in DC.  I am now resuming this series, with gusto.  Make the jump if you are interested in a brief scope and overview of what's in store.

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Sealed with a KISS: Strange Bedfellows -- Lieberman and the GOP

by GreyHawk Wed Aug 30th, 2006 at 08:40:34 PM EST

by GreyHawk, luaptifer, wanderindiana, intranets and Avahome

Crossposted from DailyKos Booman Tribune and ePluribus Media.

The high-power world of politics often makes for strange bedfellows.  Forget images that call to mind card games and hookers at the Watergate hotel or gay prostitutes posing as reporters in order to <s>propagannon</s&gt propagate Republican talking points. Envision a majority party supporting an opposing candidate, such as the GOP ditching one of their own to muster support for Joe Lieberman, whose party snubbed him after 18 years of "loyal" service for an upstart challenger.

We first reported our suspicions on August 10th, after a new domain called "IsupportJoe" went `live' for the CT primary.   When the spinup cycle tracked with the initiation of its virtual neighbor "Veterans for Freedom Action Fund," we discerned the outline of a Swiftboaty-like ploy through the thick smoke, hosted by GOP front agent Campaign Solutions.

Join us as we delve the ramifications of CT-Sen 2006 election and explore  new revelations regarding Vets for Freedom, "The Kiss," the candidates and the nation in what appears to be yet another case of strange bedfellows for the Republican party.

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Radio's Net Perspective: An Interview with Robert Archer

by GreyHawk Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 10:35:33 AM EST

Over the past few months, the blogosphere has been abuzz with talk about net neutrality, blogger privacy (anonymity) and "citizen journalists" recognition, NSA wiretapping and the impact /influence of the internet and blogs upon politics and traditional media outlets.  What I had yet to see -- and it's possible that I simply missed it -- is an interview with an industry professional regarding these topics.  
With that in mind, I decided to track down someone who could provide some perspective.  I made contact with LA-based radio personality Robert Archer, who agreed to have a chat about life, radio, the internet and the impact of the blogosphere.

Robert Archer has been in the radio and broadcast media business for 26 years.  In addition to his work directly in the radio industry, he has participated in numerous charity fundraisers, combining his reputation as a popular personality along with his dedication toward helping achieve maximum benefit.  He lives in LA with his wife, their dog, their cat and a car that once saw the movie "Christine" -- and liked it.

Come on inside and check out what he has to say.

 

 

 

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Danse Macabre -- A Tale of Two Cities

by GreyHawk Tue May 2nd, 2006 at 04:11:17 PM EST

Note: Check the comments for a photoessay comparison, and a commentary on Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind".

"The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune." -- Plutarch


What is the measure of a man, a political party, an ideology or an Administration? Is the collective whole of one's lifetime achievements enough, or would a subset of the timeline through which a lifetime passes provide an adequate sampling so as to derive a concept of what one might expect in the future?  If our answer to this question is the latter, then the second term of George W. Bush, along with the GOP-controlled Congress and Justice Department, has presented us with the opportunity to see up close and personal several key examples embodied in the form of two cities located nearly half a world from each other: New Orleans & Fallujah.  

What we behold isn't pretty.

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Danse Macabre -- and the band played on

by GreyHawk Wed Apr 5th, 2006 at 05:00:28 AM EST

[Crossposted nearly everywhere.]

Note: This is my first entry at the European Tribune, and while it can be considered international in intent and topic, it is primarily hoping to elicit response from US Citizens.  Namely, a call to Congress to interrupt the mad dash of the Bush Administration before any further hostilities can be initiated.  Whether living foreign or domestic, ~now~ is the time for all good citizens to come to the aid of their country.  Anybody else who can help drive home the significance of stopping the initiation of further illegal hostilities is welcome to spread the call.

The recent diary "They Want to Hit Iran" by jorndorff on DailyKos reiterates and forewarns of the impending expansion of hostilities by the US against the Middle East.  Please read it.

This is ~not~ the first time we've heard warnings about the inevitability -- in spite of the rhetoric to the contrary -- of such a strike, nor is it the first time that the spectre of nuclear war has manifested in the form of a "precision tactical strike".  Jorndoff does an excellent job of explaining the internal "neo-justification" of the why & how such a plan could be considered viable by our criminally-inclined leadership.  And for a great summation of just how "awry" this Administration has gone, and the underlying ideo-theology behind it, check out "Pentagon insider speaks:  NeoCons LIED early and as often as possible." by Yellow Canary.  

Given the grave nature of the situation, and the quickly diminishing timeframe in which we can act to avert disaster, I'd like to briefly recap my take and suggestions.  With any luck, we can interrupt this ongoing danse macabre before Iran's dance card is punched.

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