Action Alert: Demand that Rice Resign

Yesterday I posted HERE that top Bush/GOP advisors personally approved every horrid detail of the CIA’s use of torture. Condoleeza Rice chaired the meetings. Therefore True Majority has put up a petition, which I fully support.

Here is an ABC News video detailing these GOP war crimes:

To sign the petition, click HERE.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus


Action Alert: Stop Bad Judges

Dear Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee,

President Bush has already placed nearly 300 judges on the federal courts, many of them controversial, including two Supreme Court justices. You have the ability to invoke a longstanding Senate practice of ending the consideration of controversial nominees in the months before a presidential election, and it’s time to do it.

Please do not take chances with my rights and the rights of all Americans by risking more lifetime appointments of judges who could undermine those rights for decades to come.



I signed it. I encourage you to do so as well. Click HERE.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

Action Alert: Why Won’t McCain Support Our Vets?

Robert Lopez served 8 years in our military, fighting in Iraq as a tank commander. He was told he’d get his whole education bill paid for when he got out of the service, but like so many others, Mr. Lopez has faced the bleak reality of a government that has turned its back on its veterans.

That is why Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel proposed the new GI Bill, which would bring back WWII-style standards of providing vets with full tuition, room and board. And that is why 51 senators have signed on, including 9 Republicans like John Warner, giving this GI Bill tremendous bipartisan support.

But it isn’t enough. Faced with unprecedented filibusters, the only way to ensure Senate passage of the GI Bill is to get 60 co-sponsors. So far, John McCain has refused. The same McCain who insists he supports our troops. The same McCain who is voting lockstep with the Bush administration (who have also resisted this bill). We need to get John McCain to lead — to sign now and signal to other Republican leaders that we should be strongly behind our vets.

Robert Lopez thinks John McCain ought to stand in his shoes to know how difficult it is to be a vet and have to pay staggering education costs. THIS is your call to arms. Pass the video along and implore your friends to sign the petition.

Vote Vets, WesPAC, and Brave New Films feel passionately about giving our veterans the support they rightly deserve. Our government owes our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the opportunity to receive full educational benefits. These patriots have fought hard for our government; it’s time our government started fighting hard for them.

I signed it, and I encourage you to join me.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

Action Alert: Earth Hour

29earthhourlogo Australia will be one of the first countries in the world to turn off its lights for an hour Saturday night as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

Sydney — with its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge — was among hundreds of cities and towns in more than 35 nations promising to go dark, organizers said.

“What’s amazing is that it’s transcending political boundaries and happening in places like China, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea,” said Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley. “It really seems to have resonated with anybody and everybody.”

Organizers see the event as a way to encourage the world to conserve energy.

Cities in Fiji and New Zealand will be the first to cut lights as clocks strike 8 p.m. Two hours later, lights will go off at Australia’s most famous landmarks and in thousands of shops, apartments and houses nationwide. Cities elsewhere across Asia, Europe and North America will follow.

One of the last major cities to participate with be San Francisco — home to the soon-to-be dimmed Golden Gate Bridge.

While all the lights are unlikely to be cut, it is the symbolic darkening of monuments, businesses and even individual homes that they are anticipating.

Earth Hour debuted last year in Sydney and a reported 2 million people and 2,000 businesses participated, organizers said. The result was a 10.2 percent reduction in the city’s greenhouse gas emissions for the hour, they said…

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Every thing we can do to draw attention to global climate change helps, so please, lights out tonight from 8:00 to 9:00 PM, your time.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

Tell the FCC to Enforce McCain’s Own Law

mccain3 Imagine if Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama were breaking the law while campaigning – I guarantee there would be a shitstorm (TM) on cable news!

But John McCain is breaking campaign finance laws right now – the very law he wrote!

On Tuesday, Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission and I was proud to sign it.

By his own admission, John McCain is breaking the law. His latest spending report has him $4 million over the limit he imposed on himself when he accepted public financing.

We’re not about to let this stand, so on Tuesday we filed an FEC complaint against the McCain campaign (check out the video of delivery to the right). [there]Now we’re set for a second larger delivery, on behalf of the thousands of Americans who won’t stand by while John McCain breaks the law.

You can sign it too!

I signed it and encourage you to do likewise.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

Action Alert: Bush’s War

bushmilitarydolt Frontline has an excellent expose on the deceptive planning and incompetent prosecution of the war by Texas Tallyho and his GOP Reich minions. The first part was last night and the second will be tonight. I woke up in time to see the last half hour of part one and found it honest, detailed, and damning. If you missed it on TV, you can see it online HERE.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

Siegelman: 60 Minutes Off Air in Alabama

censorship …I am now hearing from readers all across Northern Alabama—from Decatur to Huntsville and considerably on down—that a mysterious “service interruption” blocked the broadcast of only the Siegelman segment of 60 Minutes this evening. The broadcaster is Channel 19 WHNT, which serves Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee. This station was noteworthy for its hostility to Siegelman and support for his Republican adversary. The station ran a trailer stating “We apologize that you missed the first segment of 60 Minutes tonight featuring ‘The Prosecution of Don Siegelman.’ It was a techincal problem with CBS out of New York.” I contacted CBS News in New York and was told that “there is no delicate way to put this: the WHNT claim is not true. There were no transmission difficulties. The problems were peculiar to Channel 19, which had the signal and had functioning transmitters.” I was told that the decision to blacken screens across Northern Alabama “could only have been an editorial call.” Channel 19 is owned by Oak Hill Capital Partners, who can be contacted through Rhonda Barnat, 212-371-5999 or Oak Hill Partners represents interests of the Bass family, which contribute heavily to the Republican Party. Viewers displeased about the channel’s decision to censor the broadcast should express their views directly to the station management or to the owners… [emphasis added]

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Yesterday I posted an article, explaining how 60 Minutes was airing this segment opposite the Academy Awards. For those of you who did not see it, here is the complete video.

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