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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A Quote in the Lead

If you want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and therefore improve our national security situation, you can't do it if you're a Republican because you are too wedded to the oil companies. We have two oilmen in the white house. The logical follow-up from that is $3 a gallon gasoline. There is no accident. It is a cause and effect. A cause and effect. How dare the president of the United States make a speech today in April, many, many, many months after the American people have had to undergo the cost of home heating oil. A woman told me she almost fainted when she received her home heating bill over this Winter. And when so many people making the minimum wage, which hasn't been raised in eight years, which has a very low purchasing power have to go out and buy gasoline at these prices? Where have you been, Mr. president? The middle class squeeze is on, competition in our country is affected by the price of energy and of oil and all of a sudden you take a trip outside of Washington, see the fact that the public is outraged about this, come home and make a speech, let's see that matched in your budget, let's see that matched in your policy, let's see that matched in and you're separating yourselves yourself from your patron, big oil, cut yourself off from that anvil holding your party down and this country down, instead of coming to Washington and throwing your Republican colleagues under the wheels of the train, which they mightily deserve for being a rubber stamp for your obscene, corrupt policy of ripping off the American people.
-Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House minority leader

'Nuff said.

-Robert Scardapane

Abbas and His Plan

"I am ready to immediately resume negotiations with the Israeli government. It is important for me to clarify that the Palestinian legislative elections, which brought Hamas to power, (are) not an obstacle in front of negotiations."
-Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

How, Mr. Abbas? Just how are these negotiations going to take place without the cooperation of the ruling party in Palestine, Hamas? Are they going to take seriously any attempt to negotiate with Israel, while at the same time. they are trying to drive them into the sea? How are you going to negotiate on behalf of those who still wish to use violence as "method one" in dealing with the Jewish state?

Words are merely rhetoric unless they are followed up with actions.

"Israel believes that the best way to move forward is according to the road map, which is the international community's accepted plan for the Middle East peace process... The road map has been endorsed by Europe, America, Russia and the U.N., and is the way forward. Unfortunately, the new Palestinian leadership under Hamas refuses to accept the road map or even Israel's right to exist,"
-Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev

Abbas wants to meet with Israel and feels that Hamas will not be an obstacle to peace talks. This is like having a business meeting with the president of a company, negotiating a deal to change the way both companies operate, then have that deal nixed by the board of directors. Abbas is only fooling himself while attempting to fool everybody else.

It isn't a bad idea that the Palestinian president had, however. Maybe his intent is to really negotiate in good faith. Maybe he thinks that he can get such a great deal in meetings with Israel that the leaders of Hamas will stand up and say "Bravo, Mr. President!" Or maybe his words are simply his way of saying "Well, I tried." But it's more than likely he will end up blaming Israel for not negotiating in good faith when all is said and done.

Peace in the middle east starts with Hamas accepting Israel's right to exist in the middle east. No peace can begin without that.

-Noah Greenberg

No More Foreign Oil

By the end of this year, the nation of Brazil will be 100% away from oil. Yes, you read that right! Brazil managed to convert to Ethanol produced from sugar. I simply don't believe that a nation which put a man on the moon can't get off of oil.

Dumb-Ya says that we are addicted to oil. So, why propose to drill, drill, drill and build more oil refineries? President Oil and Shotgun Dick will not get the nation away from what made them multi-millionaires.

-Robert Scardapane

Bush's Oil

Bush has steadfastly refused to address the issues of gas prices or petroleum supply. His policies all have had the political effects of worsening the problems of petroleum supply and gasoline pricing.

Bush's latest initiative announced yesterday in California to lower environmental standards will not favorably affect gas prices and will degrade the environment leading to massive costs in environmental degradation and illness.

Bush is trying to use the public's anxiety over gas prices as a wedge to attack essential environmental protection. Bush is literally demanding that we pay for our own poisoning with a few cents savings on exorbitantly and corruptly priced petrol.

-Robert Chapman

Bush's Culture of Death
(Signed by Governor GW Bush)

Perhaps under pressure from the insurance company, St. Luke's plans to terminate the life of a 53-year old woman, Andrea Clarke, against the wishes of her family and against her own wishes as stated just a few days ago.
Unlike the Terri Schiavo case, Andrea Clarke is NOT brain-dead. Her family wants your help in stopping the state-authorized killing of their loved one.
Whose choice is it to terminate life? Hospitals? Insurance companies? Under a 1999 Texas "Futile Care" law (Text of the law ), signed by then-governor George W. Bush, hospitals can unilaterally decide to "pull the plug". Two people previously allowed to die under this law were 5-month old Sun Hudson and Tirhas Habtegris, both cases against the wishes of the family.
-From Daily Kos

Ha! Culture of Life my foot. Dumb-Ya is a damn liar.

-Robert Scardapane

The Flip-Flopping McCain
Pandering at its Best

About the John McCain-Jerry Falwell courtship, it's worth noting that McCain's once-firm opposition to the right's anti-gay constitutional amendment isn't quite as clear as it once was.

When the so-called "Federal Marriage Amendment" last came to the Senate floor, Senator McCain (R-AZ) joined Democrats in defeating the gay-marriage measure, calling it "antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans." Now, according to Rev. Falwell's home-town paper, McCain is equivocating a bit.

Falwell said McCain has expressed a willingness to support a Federal Marriage Amendment, an issue dear to conservative Christians. The amendment would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Christian conservatives, including Falwell, are concerned about efforts by homosexual groups to have civil unions between same-sex partners recognized as marriages. McCain previously has said the matter of defining marriage should be handled by state legislatures, but now concedes that a federal statute may be necessary, as Falwell said.

This prompted the DNC's Karen Finney to say, "Here he goes again, more double talk and pandering to the right wing from John McCain. It looks like there are real questions about where he truly stands on this issue, in fact, it's getting hard to tell where he truly stands on a number of critical issues."

According to" The Note" (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/TheNote/story?id=156238), Falwell clarified the issue with ABC News, saying that McCain is not pushing the constitutional amendment "at this time," but would support it if federal court ruled against state bans on gay marriage.

I guess McCain was sort of against the amendment before he was sort of for it.

-Victoria Brownworth

Run, Run, Run ... Run Away

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was Jack Abramoff's best friend in Congress. The two were so close that Rohrabacher was the only member of Congress to sign a letter asking a federal judge to give Abramoff a reduced sentence. [...] But when President Bush visited Rohrabacher's Orange County locale yesterday to pitch immigration reform, the OC Congressman wanted nothing to do with W.

"I don't want to be behind him looking glum and not applauding," Rohrabacher told the LA Times. "So as not to be rude to the president---which I think is inexcusable---I think I'll just be staying away."



Tee, Hee, Hee ... even Rohrabacher is running away from Dumb-Ya ... now at 32% approval rating in the latest CNN poll.

-Forwarded and Commented by Robert Scardapane

In response to health care, Billie M. Spaight writes:

Rhian makes some excellent points about the medical-industrial complex. The pharmaceutical companies line the pockets of congresspeople to make sure that votes swing their way. They stave off the use of generics and use sophisticated marketing tactics that cost more than any research and development ever could. AND, they charge Americans more for pharmaceuticals to make up for the fact that other countries have sensible price controls. The insurance companies are also monsters too.

Some doctors are trying to fight this. Physicians for a National Health Program is one very good group that is working for a universal, single-payer system (for more information visit: www.pnhp.org).

I agree with Rhian on this--in all of this maneuvering, the patients are the victims.

Rhian is on the money with what she is saying about entrenched interests preventing the development of a national healthcare system. Until we can uproot these vested interests, we will have trouble achieving what has already been achieved in the rest of the civilized world.

And I also like Robert Scarpadane's comment about the elitists among the Bushies blaming the working class folk for medical costs. It's all part of the blame-the-victim mentality in this country.

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-Noah Greenberg