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Monday, July 11, 2005
Obama: 'The Democrats At Times Have Lost Their Way? We Are Trying To Decide What Our Core Values Are'
Mood:  silly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Obama lends star power to Nelson

The Democratic U.S. senator campaigns for his colleague at a town-hall forum in Eatonville.

EATONVILLE - About 500 people rose to their feet in a standing ovation worthy of a rock star as U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., hit the stage Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

The charismatic black politician from Chicago, who at 43 has achieved almost icon status since his wildly popular speech at last year's Democratic convention, was in town to bolster the upcoming Senate campaign of his colleague U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

The occasion was Nelson's eighth and final town-hall meeting around the state during the past week.

"This is your meeting," Nelson told the racially mixed crowd from around the area. "Barack and I want to hear from you."

But the mood was more love fest than town meeting.

Dozens of cell-phone cameras in the audience framed the lanky Obama as he described Nelson as an "honest, hardworking and insightful senator."

Nelson, 62, who faces a tough re-election campaign next year against U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Sarasota, returned the favor, calling Obama "a rock star who carries himself with dignity and humility and is so smart."

They were preaching to the choir.

Only seven people stood to address the senators during the hourlong meeting. But everyone listened closely as the two men responded to issues that ranged from worries over the out-of-power Democratic Party to the rising cost of health care and Florida's inadequately funded pre-kindergarten program.

The most provocative question was the first.

"I see a Democratic Party afraid to say they're Democrats, who voted for the war in Iraq and voted for tax cuts for the wealthy," said Glenn Anderson of Orlando. "Why should I remain a Democrat?"

It was a tough question. But Nelson and Obama tried to answer it.

"The Democrats at times have lost their way," conceded Obama. "We are trying to decide what our core values are."

The criterion for judging the party isn't whether it's to the left or right, "but are we true to our core values," he said. Nobody defined core values.

Balance, Nelson answered, is necessary for government to work. His example: "I call 'em as I see 'em. When I disagree with the president, I vote against him. When I agree with the president, I vote with him."

Obama gave another example: "I was opposed to the war [in Iraq] when it was launched. But once we're in, we have an obligation to make it work, to honor those who lost their lives and bring a semblance of democracy to the region."

Both politicians pushed emotional buttons close to voters' hearts.

Obama weighed in on health-care costs -- "We're all getting hurt" -- and the out-sourcing of American jobs. The biggest challenge in the United States, he said, is how to make sure workers can support families in a global economy.

"We're seeing manufacturing jobs leave [America]," Obama said. "We're losing those jobs and ending up at fast-food restaurants with no benefits. Oh, yes, and gas prices are going up."

The audience responded with hefty applause.

To a litany of social ills, Nelson responded more than once, "I have and will continue to fight for the least of those among us."

The answers were what the predominantly black audience wanted to hear. But it was the men themselves people came to see.

Clara Russell of Windermere heard Obama's convention speech on TV last year.

"That's why I'm here," she said. "I'm a fan."

Bob and Irene Stevens of Oviedo said they came to support Nelson.

"And we wouldn't want to miss seeing Obama . . . he's such an inspiring speaker," said Irene Stevens. "I have great hopes for his future."

Orlando Sentinel ~ Sandra Mathers ** Obama lends star power to Nelson

Posted by uhyw at 2:25 PM EDT
NAACP Delegates Warn 'Progressive Gains Are Eroding'
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

NAACP Delegates Warn Gains Are Eroding

MILWAUKEE - Civil rights advocates on Sunday called the blurring lines between religion and politics a threat to equal opportunity, and said conservative judges and lawmakers are threatening progressives' gains nationwide.

"You have three branches of government that seem to have an orchestrated approach to, in effect, chisel away at civil rights protections. It's systematic," said Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington, D.C., branch of the NAACP, speaking at the group's annual convention.

The 96th annual gathering of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People comes as the Baltimore-based nonprofit has been struggling to raise money.

Its new president, retired Verizon executive Bruce S. Gordon, has pledged to improve efficiency in the organization and raise an endowment, as well as to stress economic equality.

During weekend panel discussions and meetings, convention delegates discussed laws that bar felons from voting, racial patterns in death penalty sentencing, reparations for slavery and the federal funding of religious groups, among other issues.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., said religious groups that receive federal funding for social programs are increasingly hostile to participants who don't share their views on social issues - a violation of equal protection laws and a broad threat to civil rights.

He also criticized legislation proposed last year by North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones that would allow religious leaders who receive federal funding to endorse political candidates from the pulpit.

"When you allow discrimination based on religion in federal programs, you lose all your moral authority to enforce civil rights legislation," Scott said. "Typically, you rely on the judiciary to get you through times like this, but unfortunately the judges being appointed only affirm many of the things happening."

NAACP officials also announced Sunday that Mexican President Vicente Fox, who has been criticized for telling a trade group that Mexicans in the U.S. are doing work that "not even blacks want to do," had declined two invitations to attend the convention.

Fox cited scheduling conflicts in declining the invitation, NAACP officials said.

More than 8,000 people are attending the six-day convention, which runs through Thursday.

NewsMax.com ~ Associated Press ** NAACP Delegates Warn Gains Are Eroding

Posted by uhyw at 5:23 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2005 5:48 AM EDT
Universal Health Care Push Being Revived by Libtards
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Lib Loser Stories


Universal Health Care Push Being Revived

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A push for universal health coverage is being rekindled in some states by the soaring cost of health care and the lack of political support in Washington for federal changes.

Advocates of a single-payer system — where the government would collect taxes and cover everyone, similar to programs in Canada and across Europe — have introduced bills in at least 18 state legislatures. Some are symbolic gestures, but heated debate is taking place in California and Vermont.

In Ohio, doctors, union officials and religious leaders are gathering signatures to get a single-payer health system placed on a ballot next year.

"The level of misery with private insurers is rising, and that's why we're seeing this increased activity," said Larry Levitt, vice president of the California-based Kaiser Family Foundation, which analyzes health care issues. "But whether one state can succeed, I don't know."

Not since Oregon in 2002 has a state voted on a single-payer health system. Voters there soundly rejected it, as did Californians in 1994. Both times, the proposals came under fierce assault from the medical, insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

However, Oregon supporters are aiming for another ballot measure in 2008, and a bill in California would have the government pay for health care in a state where 7 million people are uninsured.

Across the nation, the number of uninsured is 45 million and rising, and 16 million lack enough insurance to cover all their medical bills.

Premiums for employer-sponsored health plans rose an average of 11.2 percent in 2004, the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Companies are raising employee fees for health care, increasing co-payments and decreasing benefits.

Mainstream medical groups, including the American Medical Association, oppose single-payer systems. The AMA fears they would stifle the development of new medical technology and create longer waits for patient care should government budgets become strapped for money.

Advocates dismiss those arguments as scare tactics.

"There's no other solution out there," said David Pavlick, a member of the United Auto Workers in Cleveland, which has endorsed the Ohio campaign. "The system we have now is immoral, it's foundering and it's on its last legs."

A single-payer system would be financed through a mix of payroll tax increases and new taxes on personal income. The new taxes would take the place of insurance premiums that many people currently pay for health coverage, and there would be no out-of-pocket expenses.

States would use their leverage to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs and other health services. Hospitals and doctors' offices would be relieved of the hassles and expense of dealing with multiple health insurers.

Claims that the system would cost less have merit, said John Sheils, vice president of the Lewin Group, a Virginia consulting firm that conducted a study last year of how a single-payer system would work in California. The study found that the state would save $343.6 billion in health care costs over 10 years.

But Sheils said a single-payer system isn't a panacea. States could be hard pressed to keep funding levels adequate during recessions, when tax revenues decline.

"There are positives and negatives with all types of health systems," Sheils said. "The question that has to be asked is what are we getting out of our existing multipayer system that is worth all the money we are spending on it?"

In any event, voters are still leery. A Kaiser Foundation poll released earlier this year found that 55 percent of Americans opposed a single-payer health system. Thirty-seven percent favored it.

Knowing that, some states are taking incremental approaches.

Maine started enrolling people this year in a state-private program that offers affordable health coverage to small businesses and families. The goal is to bring coverage to the 130,000 Mainers who lack it by 2009.

"It's really going to the states to push health care reform along," said Janne Hellgren, coordinator for a universal health care movement in Massachusetts. "Washington just isn't willing to change the status quo."

On the Net:

Kaiser Family Foundation

American Medical Association

Physicians for a National Health Program

Yahoo News ~ Associated Press - Matt Leingang ** Universal Health Care Push Being Revived

Posted by uhyw at 4:17 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2005 4:24 AM EDT
Hillary attacks Bush, comparing him to Alfred E. Newman
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton attacks President Bush, comparing him to Alfred E. Neuman

ASPEN, Colo. - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton went on the attack against President Bush in a speech Sunday, accusing him of damaging the economy by overspending while giving tax cuts to the rich.

The Democrat from New York also accused Bush of depriving U.S. soldiers of equipment needed to fight the war in Iraq and cutting funding for scientific research.

"I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Neuman is in charge in Washington," Clinton said referring to the freckle-faced Mad magazine character. She drew a laugh from crowd when she described Bush's attitude toward tough issues with Neuman's catchphrase: "What, me worry?"

Clinton, who was speaking during the inaugural Aspen Ideas Festival, organized by the Aspen Institute nonpartisan think tank, didn't mention the presidential election in 2008.

She said the United States should remain in Iraq until peace can be maintained by the Iraqi people, saying the mission was part of the "long struggle against terrorism" by the U.S.

"The threat of terrorism is as close as our daily commute," said Clinton, adding that people around the world admired the "famous resilience" of the British in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks.

When it came to the economy, Clinton accused the Bush administration of focusing on helping the wealthy while hurting the middle class, which she said has been key to Americans' success and stability.

She said the middle class is now being threatened by an ailing economy caused by the growing national debt, growing health care costs, the loss of pensions and the loss of manufacturing diversity. Clinton also said the U.S. needs to focus on exploring alternative energy sources to become less reliant on oil.

Information from: The Aspen Times

Grand Junction, CO - The Daily Sentinel ~ Associated Press ** Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton attacks President Bush, comparing him to Alfred E. Neuman

Posted by uhyw at 3:18 AM EDT
Revealed: Inside a MOVEON Supreme Court house party; take 'Bush Liar' t-shirts off
Mood:  silly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Libtard liars trying to hide who they are, bullshitting their textbook talking points, and making a massacre of the English language. When you read this story, replace the words "extremist" and "moderate"... with the words "conservative" and "liberal."

REVEALED: INSIDE A MOVEON SUPREME COURT HOUSE PARTY; TAKE 'BUSH LIAR' T-SHIRTS OFF

Over the weekend, the liberal activist group MOVEON.ORG hosted over house parties across the nation to stop President Bush from nominating a "radical right judge" -- and the DRUDGE REPORT obtained an exclusive invite to one of their hottest parties!

Charles Fazio of Alexandria, VA was the host of one of the most widely attended MOVEON parties in the Washington, DC area. The DRUDGE REPORT has learned because of Fazio's registration success, his party was chosen to be a finalist on the WASHINGTON POST's list of house party events the paper would cover.

In a desperate bid to sanitize his gathering and control how its attendees would be perceived by the POST, the MOVEON host emailed talking points to his guests. A copy of those talking points was obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.

Fazio warned his guests: "Its very important that if you talk to the reporter, you stay on message. Remember, it is quite possible that our event will be the one the POST uses to represent the entire MoveOnPac effort this weekend."

The key message for the event: "The momentum is finally shifting away from extremism. We will not accept a extremist nominee. This is not about conservatism vs liberalism or Republicans vs Democrats, this is all about extremism vs moderation and we're on the side of moderation."

The MOVEON host reminded his guests: "We don't want to come across as leftist, liberal activists. We want to come across as we are- regular folks who are finally saying enough is enough to the extremists; that we're not falling for their extremist rhetoric anymore and we're finally going to expend the effort necessary to get our country back."

Fazio: "Please stay on message and just know that ANYTHING you say can be taken out of context and used against the effort."

One last suggestion from Fazio to his liberal MOVEON party-goers: "Oh, because a photographer will be here, might I suggest we put away our 'Bush is a Liar' t-shirts. Let's look like they do."

Drudge Report Exclusive ** REVEALED: INSIDE A MOVEON SUPREME COURT HOUSE PARTY; TAKE 'BUSH LIAR' T-SHIRTS OFF

Posted by uhyw at 3:10 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2005 2:18 PM EDT
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Rupert Murdoch, 74, steps out with daughter Grace, 3
Mood:  special
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

News Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch, 74, with daughter Grace, 3, at Sun Valley resort in Idaho. >>>>>

Murdoch steps out with Grace

Just another pretty-in-pink American pre-school heiress hand in hand with her septuagenarian billionaire dad.

This image of former Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 74, with daughter Grace, 3, is a rare glimpse of Murdoch the family man at Sun Valley, Idaho, attending the annual Allen and Co. investment bank retreat for international media players, investors and technology gurus.

Murdoch, who has six children by three wives, including another daughter younger than Grace, is rarely interviewed and has said little publicly about his third marriage, to Wendi Deng, the dynamic former employee of his Asian satellite TV company, STAR TV.

Since their wedding in 1998, Ms Deng, a tall, enigmatic Chinese woman who was a vice-president at STAR in Hong Kong just two years after completing an MBA at Yale, has had two children - Grace, who was born in November 2001, and Chloe, who is nearly two.

The transition from a long marriage to Anna Murdoch, a former reporter at Sydney's Daily Mirror whom Murdoch wooed and married in 1967, to a new wife was achieved with barely a disturbance to Mr Murdoch's company, which has revenue of $30 billion. Anna stepped down from the News Corporation board and quietly remarried someone around her own age, while Rupert embarked on a third marriage with a woman 36 years his junior.

Soon after his wedding to Ms Deng, Mr Murdoch - who is physically fit but looks his age and suffers hearing loss - was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. Now, more than four years in remission, he has given no hint of wanting to step down from his position as the world's most powerful media figure.

The arrival of two more children, Grace and Chloe, into the Murdoch dynasty has done nothing to clarify the lines of succession in this family-dominated public company. Mr Murdoch's obvious immediate successor is son Lachlan - whose own son, Kalan, is barely younger than Murdoch's latest children - but James and Elisabeth from Murdoch's marriage to Anna are still in the wings, and his first-born, Prue MacLeod, recently took up a position on the board of Advertiser Newspapers in Adelaide, replacing Mr Murdoch's sister, Helen Handbury, who died in November.

The Age ~ Penelope Debelle ** Murdoch steps out with Grace

Posted by uhyw at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2005 3:28 AM EDT
Klein's 'Truth About Hillary' Book Hits Furious N.Y. Times Best Seller List, Paper Pisses Lava
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Klein's 'Truth About Hillary' Hits N.Y. Times Again; Paper Lashes Out

Edward Klein's book "The Truth About Hillary" has made the New York Times best-seller list for the second week in a row - a development that has the Times book review spitting mad.

As NewsMax reported over a week ago, Klein debuted on the Times list this week in the No. 2 slot.

Despite an orchestrated campaign to keep Klein off major TV talk shows, NewsMax has learned that the best-selling author will be on the Times list next week as well, in the No. 4 position.

The liberal Gray Lady apparently doesn't like the fact that one of its own - Klein is former editor of the New York Times Magazine - penned a biting biography of one of the paper's icons, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Times has yet to review the book, but took the unusual step in Sunday's book section to publish a disclaimer attacking the book from pillar to post in a sidebar column adjacent to the best-seller list.

"'The Truth About Hillary' has united [no easy task] literary critics," Timesman Dwight Garner fumed, adding "it is easily this year's most vilified book."

Then Garner promptly joined in the vilification:

"Writing in the Book Review in 1988, Joyce Carol Oates coined the term 'pathography' to describe hatchet jobs like Klein's. Reading Oates's taxonomy of that genre today, it sounds as if she somehow had an advance copy of Klein's book rotting at her elbow."

Rotting?

Still - in what must have been a gut-wrenching admission for the paper - Garner lamented, "That hasn't stopped Klein's book from landing on beach blankets; it makes its debut at No. 2 on this week's hardcover nonfiction list."

The paper's vitriol against Klein contrasts with its first-class treatment of Kitty Kelley's works, including her recent hit book on the Bush family. Kelley's book on Nancy Reagan - in which Kelley alleged that Ronald Reagan engaged in date rape, among numerous other scurrilous allegations - made Page One coverage in the Times.

Shall we call that liberal "pathocoverage"?

Klein, a veteran journalist and editor with credentials well beyond anything Kelley has to offer, said he isn't bothered by the elite media's disdain for his book.

"My book's staying power on The Times list is testimony to the power of the Internet and conservative talk radio," he told NewsMax on Saturday. "The mainstream liberal media no longer have a monopoly on what's news and what isn't, and that's a healthy thing for America."

More healthy still, "The Truth About Hillary's" best-seller status shows that readers were willing to defy the media blockade orchestrated by the Clintons.

Hours after speaking to NewsMax, Klein told WABC Radio's Monica Crowley:

"Hillary and her people have called up ... all the TV networks and the newspapers and said to them that if you give Ed Klein exposure, we're not going to be very happy about it." The result: "I've been canceled on many of the TV shows that I was booked on," Klein said, "and have not had my book reviewed by any of the major media."

Klein appeared on Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes" the day his book was released on June 21, but the network quickly canceled three scheduled interviews with the author.

A wave of other cancellations followed, and CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and Sinclair Broadcasting's News Central were the only other programs to interview the author.

But the media censorship may be working in Klein's favor. Not only is his book a certified New York Times best seller, it also debuts this week on the Publisher's Weekly best-seller list in the No. 4 slot.

NewsMax.com ~ Carl Limbacher ** Klein's 'Truth About Hillary' Hits N.Y. Times Again; Paper Lashes Out

Posted by uhyw at 12:01 AM EDT
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Three Dems
Mood:  silly
Topic: Funny Stuff




Posted by uhyw at 1:35 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2005 9:31 PM EDT
California Dem Attorney General Files Lawsuit to Remove Redistricting Initiative From Ballot
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, a fruitcake, whacko dem who supports same-sex marriage among other textbook, talking point libtard bullshit... seems scared of relinquishing the jerry-mandered dem seats of power in the Cali state legislature.

Funny, seeing as how the link about gay marriage above is a story of how he thought the issue should've been decided by voters and not the courts.

California Attorney General Files Lawsuit to Remove Redistricting Initiative From Ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a lawsuit Friday to remove Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's redistricting initiative from the November ballot, saying supporters violated the state Constitution when they significantly changed the measure's wording.

The measure asks voters to change the way district boundaries are drawn for members of Congress and the state Legislature, which is dominated by Democrats. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, wants to take redistricting power away from the state lawmakers and give it to a panel of retired judges, a process he said would create more competitive elections.

Lockyer, a Democrat, filed the lawsuit to block the initiative late Friday afternoon in Sacramento County court.

A spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger, Margita Thompson, said the measure should remain on the ballot.

"The discrepancies are minimal, and the governor believes the people should be allowed to vote on the initiative," she said. "We believe the courts will uphold the rights of the over 900,000 people who signed the petition to have the initiative placed on the ballot."

The redistricting measure is one of eight on the Nov. 8 special election ballot and one of three being pushed by Schwarzenegger. His others would cap state spending and extend the time it takes teachers to get tenure.

Lockyer said in a statement: "By opting to collect signatures on a ballot measure different from the text reviewed and approved by the attorney general, the proponents violated state law and deceived voters."

Lockyer said there were numerous substantive changes, including "language emphasizing the unique ability of judges to draw competitive districts, altering the method used to identify line-drawers and modifying assorted deadlines."

Tampa Bay Online ~ Associated Press - Brian Melley ** California Attorney General Files Lawsuit to Remove Redistricting Initiative From Ballot

Posted by uhyw at 1:13 AM EDT
Friday, July 8, 2005
The Reoccurring Nightmare Ted Kennedy Has Been Having For The Last Week
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Funny Stuff

Supreme Court Justices, post Sandra Day O'Connor




Posted by uhyw at 1:34 AM EDT

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