Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gitmo Poetry Reading at McHenry Committee College


Will We Get a Preview of Poems from Thomson to Come? asks the Chicago Daily Observer,
On a dark winter’s night so snowy

Who wouldn’t go to a poetry showy?

Hosted by McHenry County College

Showcasing terrorist’s emotions and knowledge

Be prepared to be charmed when you go

to hear Marc Falkoff present “Poems from Guantanamo”

And hear the tales and lore

at 7 p.m. Feb. 4

If it is a mullah’s wisdom that you seek

Come hear the former detainees speak
Geez, get Gitmo North and we'll probably hear a Detainee Chorus or something.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Nick Cohen: Obama is the most reactionary president since Nixon

....the weakness of Jimmy Carter with the morals of Richard Nixon... is what Cohen found during Obama's first year.
A Democrat president does not lose Massachusetts without so dispiriting liberals they can longer be bothered to turn out for him. Inattentive foreigners have been slow to spot the demoralization because their relief at Obama's inauguration has stopped them realizing that his failure to tackle unemployment and his unconscionable delay in punishing the bankers have induced despair among his natural supporters. As has the vacuity of his foreign policy.

I accept that readers may find this a hard sentence to swallow, but when it comes to promoting democracy, the emancipation of women and the liberation of the oppressed, Barack Obama has been the most reactionary American president since Richard Nixon.
gonna be a long three years...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bob Brewin: Googling Iraq

Glad someone noticing,
Want a positive sign that security in Iraq is improving?

Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt finished up a three-day business trip to Iraq on Tuesday, where, among other things, he kicked off a Google project to digitize and electronically catalog 14,000 artifacts in the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad.

Agence France Presse, the French newswire service, reported that the undisclosed cost of the digitization project will be split between Google and the State Department. Asked of Google planned more projects in Iraq, Schmidt said, "I'm sure we'll add more."

Schmidt had high praise for the troops in Iraq. He told the Pentagon Channel that "the overwhelming impression that I have of Iraq is the courage of the soldiers and the people who assist the soldiers. . . . These are people to be celebrated."

What Senator Paul Douglas learned

Unitarian and Illinois Senator Paul Douglas speaking in 1966 at the Amherst commencement. From LIFE Magazine.
That what is most needed in the world is love -or energized good will- which, if given a chance and practiced with devotion, can in most cases melt antagonisms within a democratic society and reconcile opposites.

That truth has at once a compulsive and healing power. We should not be afraid of truth, for if recognized and acted upon it is the rock upon which we can base our individual and collective lives.

That in its larger aspects truth is not simple but subtle. Frequently, it requires a long process of discovery both by the probings of research and the sifting induced by dialogue.

That in dealing with the winds of doctrine, in the words of Jefferson, "We should not be afraid to tolerate error as long as reason be left free to combat it.

That when aggression stalks either a community or the world, resistance to it is both necessary and noble, least it become all-pervasive. And it is well that it should be checked in its early days before it can acquire the cumulative momentum of success.

That human courage in defense of an ideal is an ultimate virtue which we should not permit the pressures of conformity to diminish. The nation which minimizes courage is on the road to destruction.

That the Athenians did well to make the owl and the olive tree their symbols to denote wisdom and peace. But freedom tempered with love is the only atmosphere in which true wisdom and peace can flourish. And to preserve and maintain all these virtues, a strong admixture of Spartan courage is needed. Thermopylae was necessary that Socrates might practice his dialectic.

A Bomb In Every Issue: How the Short Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.

From Ron Radosh's review in PJ Media. I remember Ramparts well althought I was one of those fellows pushing stodgy rags like the Industrial Worker and The Militant.

Do any of PJM’s readers recall or know about Ramparts Magazine? A writer for @Issue, an Online Magazine of Business and Design, writes that “today Ramparts is little known, except by those over 55 and serious magazine history buffs, but in its day it rocked the editorial world with its explosive investigative reporting, entertaining style and sophisticated design. More than a fringe periodical put out by young radicals, it was a political force to be reckoned with and a launchpad for some of the top journalists working today.” Well said, but why the sudden attention and the sudden new hype?

The reason is the recent publication of a book by Peter Richardson, A Bomb In Every Issue: How the Short Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America. The title alone gives the magazine perhaps more clout than it really had. Despite the new attention paid to it, and the reviewer in The New York Times Book Review arguing that it was “a slick, muckraking magazine that was the most freewheeling thing on most American newsstands during the second half of the 1960s ,” the book does not appear to be on any best seller lists, it is not easily found in bookstores, and its number is quite high on Amazon, which indicates it probably is not selling that well.

A book I'll add to my backlog on Shelfari.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Democrats post the Mass Miracle

Interesting list of quotes from key Dems immediately following Brown's victory. My Congressman Bill Foster silent as always.
Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA): Costa Calls For An Incremental Approach. "I've maintained for months now that incremental reform in the health care package would make much more sense from my perspective," said California Rep. Jim Costa, one of the last Democrats to vote "yes" on the House bill. He said he'd like to see Obama tell voters that "we may have been overreaching" and then push for a scaled-back bill that focuses on things more people can agree on, like insurance reforms. He said it's not just a question of the House bill versus the Senate bill. "For me, it's broader than that," Costa said. (Carrie Budoff Brown and Patrick O'Connor, “Fallout: Dems Rethinking Health Bill,” Politico 1/19/10)

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN): “I Cannot Imagine, From One Person, One Member From Indiana, That This House Would Accept The Senate Bill As Is." Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) said, "We were fully expecting to go some kind of conference committee and work out those differences [with the Senate]. And there are still differences to work out. I cannot imagine, from one person, one member from Indiana, that this House would accept the Senate bill as is." (Carrie Budoff Brown and Patrick O'Connor, “Fallout: Dems Rethinking Health Bill,” Politico 1/19/10)

Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN): Open To Senate Bill If It Is The Only Option. House Blue Dog Rep. Baron Hill said, "I think it's important to pass this legislation, I do." If that means passing the Senate bill through the House, Hill said, "If that's the only option in town, maybe that's what we ought to do." (Chris Frates and Meredith Shiner, “Hill: Maybe House should pass the Senate bill,” Politico, 1/19/10)

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN): The American People Don’t Believe The Answers We Are Currently Proposing Are Solving Their Problems. “It’s why moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message,” he said. “They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.” (Jonathan Karl, “Bayh Warns "Catastrophe" If Dems Ignore Massachusetts Senate Race Lessons,” ABC News’ The Note, 1/19/10)

Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA): Health Care Needs To Be Done Incrementally. "I think that we would get a good policy out of a series of bills that were brought up over the next several months," Delahunt said during an appearance on MSNBC. … “"I think what we're going to have to do is do it on an incremental basis," Delahunt said. “I think we take those provisions, bring them to the floor, and vote on them.” (Michael O’Brien, “Dem Rep. Delahunt: Break Up Healthcare Bill In Wake Of MA Loss,” The Hill 1/20/10)

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA): Senator Casey Hopes The House Could Pass The Senate Bill. "I voted on Christmas Eve for the Senate [health care] bill. It's a very good bill. I would hope the House could, at a minimum, pass that bill," Casey added. "But, I'm not paid to be a head-counter in the House." (Brian Beutler, “Senate Leadership To House: Health Care's On You,” Talking Points Memo, 1/20/10)

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC): The Magic Number Is 50. “…I have always said that the magic number on health care reform is 50, not 60, and I do believe that we will have a health care reform bill …” (CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” 1/20/10)

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI): Probably Back To The Drawing Board On Health Care. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) told a local reporter, “It’s probably back to the drawing board on health care, which is unfortunate.” (Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, “Dazed Dems Rethink Entire Strategy,” Politico, 1/20/10)

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): A Compromise Between House And Senate Bill Is No Longer Possible. The liberal congressman said he was "disappointed" in Tuesday's election results—and that with Brown's victory, "a reasonable compromise" between the House and Senate bills is no longer possible and support from GOP senators is now required to move the legislation. … “But our respect for democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened.” (Meredith Shiner, “Frank: Congress Should Not Bypass The Election Results,” Politico 1/20/10)

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA): Slow Down On Health Care Reform. “I think we do go slower on health care. People do not understand it. it is so big it is beyond their comprehension. And if you don’t understand it when somebody tells you it does this or it does that and It’s not true, you tend to believe it, even though it isn’t true. It’s hard to debunk all of the myths that are out there.” (Z. Byron Wolf, “Feinstein: “slow down” on health reform; Mass election part of a “sweep across the country,” ABC News’ The Note 1/20/10)

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD): We Are Determining What The Senate Can And Cannot Do. "We are determining what the Senate can and cannot do," Hoyer said in remarks to a policy group. (Donna Smith, “US Democrats Study Viable Parts Of Healthcare-Hoyer, Reuters, 1/20/10)

Rep. John Larson (D-CT): No One Here Supports The Senate Bill. "I don't think you can find a member in here, prior to or after, who supports the Senate bill," said Rep. John Larson, the fourth ranking Democrat in the House, after a meeting of the caucus tonight. (Brian Beutler, “Determined Or Delusional? House Leadership Sounds Optimistic On HCR,” Talking Points Memo, 1/19/10)

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA): House Dems Reject Senate Bill, Would Rather Do Nothing Then Pass Senate Bill. Some Democrats suggested the prospect of no health care bill passing was more likely that rushing to pass the Senate's bill. "If it comes down to that Senate bill or nothing I think we're going to end up with nothing. I don't hear a lot of support on our side for that bill," Massachusetts Democrat Stephen Lynch said. (Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh, “House Dems largely reject idea of passing Senate health care bill,” CNN Political Ticker, 1/19/10)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY): A New Health Care Strategy Is Needed. Weiner argued the Massachusetts results demonstrated that Democrats have to change their strategy on health care."Large numbers of independent voters saying they're upset about health care, that's not just their fault, that's our fault too," he said. "And we have to think about what we're doing wrong here, and to have a conversation as if nothing happened, whether you're in Massachusetts or not , is being tone deaf." (Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh, “House Dems largely reject idea of passing Senate health care bill,” CNN Political Ticker, 1/19/10)

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY): The Best Thing To Do Is To Break The Health Care Bill Into Pieces. "I think what would probably be the best thing, from my perspective, for us to do the best thing on healthcare is to send pieces of the program -- pass them here, send them to the Senate -- and let the American people digest them bit by bit," Yarmuth said during an appearance on Fox News. (Michael O’Brien, “Some Dems urge breaking up health bill after Mass. Loss,” The Hill, 1/20/10)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): We Are Going Too Far, Too Fast. McCaskill said Wednesday morning that the agenda is moving "going too far, too fast" and that it would be a "huge mistake" for Democrats to force a vote on a new bill in the Senate before the new senator from Massachusetts is seated. "As I said to somebody last night, everybody needs to get the Washington wax out of their ears and listen and pay attention that people out there believe that we are going too far, too fast," McCaskill told POLITICO. (Manu Raju, “McCaskill: No Forced Senate Bill,” Politico, 1/20/10)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Certain Portions Of The Senate Bill Must Be Changed. But as she left the Capitol late Tuesday night, Pelosi told reporters that the House is unlikely to take up the Senate bill in its current form. "I think everyone [involved in the health-care negotiations] agrees that there are certain things in the Senate bill that must be changed," she said. "We do have our differences, and our members want to resolve those differences." (Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery, “Democrats Ponder Health-Care Reform Plans In Wake Of Massachusetts Senate Race,” The Washington Post 1/20/10)

Speaker Pelosi: “We Will Move Forward.” "We will move forward with those considerations in mind -- but we will move forward," House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the healthcare bill in a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. (John Whitesides and Donna Smith, “Democrats Promise To Push Ahead On Health Bill, Reuters, 1/20/10)

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR): Democrats Need To Figure Out What The Next Step Should Be. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) said it was unclear how the leaders would - or should - process."Everybody ought to take a deep breath today and figure out what the next step ought to be," Pryor said. (Carrie Budoff Brown, “No Decisions By Senate Dem Leadership On How To Proceed,” Politico 1/20/10)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): Too Early To Tell If Democrats Abandon Comprehensive Approach. Stabenow said health care reform was not dead, and the Democratic leadership was committed to making changes to the system. But it was unclear Wednesday how they would go about it, Stabenow said. "It is just too early to say," she said, referring to whether Democrats stick with a comprehensive approach or they scale back the bill or try to pass pieces of the legislation incrementally. (Carrie Budoff Brown, “No decisions by Senate Dem leadership on how to proceed,” Politico 1/20/10)

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI): Senate Bill Is A Non Starter For Most Members. Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, who led the charge for language to restrict abortion coverage in the House bill, flatly rejected the Senate's version of health care reform. "The Senate bill is a non starter for most members," he said. (Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh, “House Dems largely reject idea of passing Senate health care bill,” CNN Political Ticker, 1/19/10)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD): “People Are Right To Be Upset With The Senate Bill.” Health care was also part of the debate and the people of Massachusetts were right to be upset about provisions in the Senate bill,” Mr. Van Hollen said, referring to “special deals” included in the bill to win the votes of Democratic senators and round up 60 votes. (Carl Hulse and David M. Herszenhorn, “Democrats Regroup On Health After Losing Seat,” The New York Times, 1/20/10)

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA): No Votes On Health Care Until Senator-Elect Brown Is Seated. "In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process," Webb said in a statement. "To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated." (Michael O’Brien, “Webb: Stop Senate votes until Brown is seated” The Hill, 1/19/10)

Geithner’s Gift to America—Unlimited Liabilities for Taxpayers and $42 Million in Wall Street-Style Compensation for 12 Government Employees

GOP policy statement on Fannie and Freddie Mac. You'd think we'd have learned,
On Christmas Eve, the Department of Treasury said that it would remove the $400 billion cap on Treasury's funding of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two bankrupt government sponsored enterprises that Secretary Tim Geithner said were at the "epicenter" of the financial crisis. The move gives the failed GSEs unlimited taxpayer funded bailouts to cover losses incurred as a result of their managements' recklessness and their boards of directors' oversight failures. Geithner's Treasury essentially turned the two failed GSEs into full government agencies and further exposes taxpayers to losses that the GSEs may incur in the future. The two GSEs are expected to report losses in the billions for 2009. Also on Christmas Eve, Fannie and Freddie disclosed that they received approval to pay $42 million in compensation packages to 12 top executives (all federal government employees and payable in cash) for 2009. Interestingly, the Democrats, led by Geithner and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), have launched an all out attack on capitalism by attempting to restrict the compensation of Wall Street firms they deem to be too profitable.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are government created duopolies charged with providing liquidity to the mortgage market by purchasing mortgages from lenders and either holding those mortgages in their portfolios or packaging the loans into mortgage-backed securities that are sold to investors. Fannie and Freddie were privately held companies that generated big profits for their managements, boards of directors, and shareholders by being beneficiaries of advantages not shared by their competitors, including an implicit federal guarantee (i.e., a taxpayer bailout if the companies failed). Their managements and boards of directors, including former Freddie board member and current White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, are textbook examples of recklessness having put Fannie and Freddie in a position to cost taxpayers by chasing compensation targets and carrying out Democrat housing policies without concern for market risks. The taxpayers were left with two failed companies and potential liability of up to $400 billion as a result of the GSEs being put into conservatorship, but due to Geithner's Christmas Eve spectacular, the taxpayers are now liable for all of Fannie's and Freddie's losses.
What, the max pay for a Fed Exec is $170k I think. That's all any of these Exec's in these agencies or AIG or GM or Chrysler should be making... that's it.

Update: Hurray for Roskam! H/T Illinois Review
Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Deputy Whip and member of the Ways & Means Committee, introduced The Protecting Taxpayers From Excessive Compensation Act, calling for new pay accountability rules for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Roskam’s proposed legislation would prohibit any employee of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, while the entities are under conservatorship or receivership, from being compensated more than any member of our Armed Forces.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Al Jazeera: Tribal armies guard against Taliban

Witness the aftermath of the Taliban's brutal murder of Pir Samiullah and you'll understand their imperative to self-defense.

Taliban launch terror assault on Kabul

It's not Tet 1968 and maybe MSM will miss it with tomorrow's election in Mass. Evidence though GWOT and Jobs where the Prez should have spent his first year. Getting GWOT right will consume him from now on. Via Long War Journal.

Mark Kirk revs up Cook County GOP

Note the story about folks in Afghanistan aware of Illinois's corruption. I had a similar experience in Iraq.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Scott Brown Speech Middleboro

Last night...to about 500 people. via Hot Air



MASS HYSTERIA: The Coakley-Brown Race Has Surprises the MSM Won't Show You

Interviews with SEIU for Brown folks in Mass. On PJ Media.

Daily Hereald for Hultgren

From today's Editorial. They're right. He may be a fine guy but he's not done anything to deserve a shot at the 14th. I'm voting Hultgren.
His opponent, 31-year-old Ethan Hastert of Elburn, has little to no experience in the public sector, having served a short time as a special assistant in former Vice President Dick Cheney's office. While we think he could be a rising star in the Republican Party someday and make a thoughtful elected official, he needs to have more experience under his belt before going to Washington. As the son of the former speaker and congressman, he has name recognition. But he does not yet stand out on his own, despite his protestations that it's his name on the ballot not his father's.

Both candidates claim to be the conservative choice in this election. Indeed, Hastert brought in former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich to lead a rally. Hultgren, meanwhile, has received a bevy of endorsements from conservative groups, and his social views are much farther to the right than we would like.

But we like Hultgren's answers when we asked how he differs from the party line. He believes the GOP can do more to protect our environment, and he believes both the Democrats and Republicans are responsible for overspending in Congress and for what he termed a "culture of corruption."

SwingState: What to Look For in the Massachusetts Special Election

How to read Mass election returns Tuesday night. Maps over at Swing State Project.

Phil Hare in today's NYT: Get ObamaCare behind us

Pass it and get it beyond you and this dog of ObamaCare will still bite Hare and Democrats in their tails. A bill with front-loaded taxes and back loaded benefits not going to sell. Hare in today's NYT,
“We know that it is bad news if we don’t get it done,” said Representative James P. McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts. “If we do get it done, it might be bad news or it might not be. So we need to get this done and start talking about something else.”

Representative Phil Hare, Democrat of Illinois, agreed: “We have to get this behind us. We have to pivot to jobs.”

Several Democrats said they were convinced that much of the public would embrace the health legislation once its benefits became known and that Democrats would be able to run proudly on their accomplishment.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sen Levin to Prez Gilani: quit whining on drone attacks you support

Times of India: Pak whining on attacks draws rebuke from US H/T Long War Journal
In a public rebuke to the Pakistani leadership on Thursday, a leading US lawmaker, supported by the Obama administration, told reporters after a visit to the region that he was ''very unhappy'' with the vocal criticism of the drone strikes from top officials in Islamabad when in private they "not only understand and acquiesce but in many cases support the drone attacks."

Washington, US Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin, told reporters in a conference call, would prefer "a silence on their part rather than a public attack on us that creates real problems for us in terms of the Pakistani public and helps create some real animosity" against the United States.

"I just think it's wrong for them, I've told them that to their face," said Levin, who met in Pakistan with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Pakistan's army chief of staff Ashfaq Kayani.

Obama Care and Marriage Equality

From the Wash Times Editorial on Obamacare's marriage penalty... so much for marriage,
The first sort of marriage penalties affects low- and middle-income couples who would get their insurance without employer assistance but with government subsidies. The penalties accrue through the "caps" on premiums. In the House plan, an unmarried couple living together with each earning $25,000 would pay no more than $3,076 in combined premiums each year. If the same couple got married, their annual cap would skyrocket to $5,160 - a 68 percent punishment just for saying "I do." (The penalty in the Senate bill is slightly lower, at 48 percent.)

What is even worse is that the subsidies are suddenly and completely cut off once somebody reaches 400 percent of the official poverty-level income ($63,360 in 2016). The arithmetic is complicated, but what it means is that two unmarried persons earning $32,000 each ($64,000 total) would pay a maximum combined $5,684 in premiums, but if they got married, they would pay about $15,000. That is an astonishing penalty of 164 percent. It is almost impossible to imagine a policy that could be any more anti-family than that.

Your Tax Dollars At Work for Botox, Hair Plugs and Aromatherapy

Maybe I'll try the Hair Plugs if this goes through....
January 15, 2010

Courtesy of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that botox is just one of the treatments that is not banned from government subsidies under the Democrats' health care bills. Check out a few other gems:

1. Taxpayer payment for visiting doctors who prescribe marijuana*

2. Taxpayer coverage for hair plugs

3. Taxpayer coverage for Botox

4. Taxpayer coverage for aromatherapy

5. Taxpayer coverage for sex-change surgery

Find the sources here and here.

Scott Brown and Rudy Giuliani walking Boston

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Scott Brown: It's not Kennedy's seat; it's the People's seat

Martha Coakley Is Not Just Wrong on Terror War - She's Dangerous

vis Jim Hoft's YouTube,
On Wednesday December 30 Jordanian doctor and Al-Qaeda blogger Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi killed 7 CIA officers in a suicide bomb attack at an outpost in southeastern Afghanistan. Before he murdered the Americans in Afghanistan he recorded a tape with the local Taliban leader. The Taliban released the tape after his death.

On Monday Senate Candidate Martha Coakley told Massachusetts voters that it was time to pull out of Afghanistan. The Taliban was "not there" anymore.

"I think we have done what we are going to be able to do in Afghanistan. I think that we should plan an exit strategy. Yes. I'm not sure there is a way to succeed. If the goal was and the mission in Afghanistan was to go in because we believed that the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists. We supported that. I supported that. They're gone. They're not there anymore."

She's not just wrong- She's dangerous.

In his "martyrdom" tape Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi warned that the attacks would spread outside of the Pakistan-Afghanistan region.
But Martha Coakley says they're not there anymore.
View for yourself,

Letter from the Progressive American-Iranian Committee on Trita Parsi

via their site H/T Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
Dear Fellow Iranians:
Jan 12th, 2010

The multitude of events and unrest over the last 6 months in Iran have clearly demonstrated the fact that the people of Iran uncompromisingly and bravely are determined to put an end to 31 years of dark and despicable clergy rule in their country.

In the meantime, some western political circles and their Iranian associates have been hard at work with endeavors to defuse the situation in Iran with an aim to redeem the Islamic regime of Iran by siding with one of the rival factions involved in the fraudulent June presidential elections.

“National Iranian-American Council” (NIAC) and its founder Trita Parsi is amongst such circles whose activities have taken new heights within the last 6 months or so.

The activities of Trita Parsi and his allies can be traced back to the last 12 years during which he founded a sophisticated web of lobbying exertion amongst the American politicians in order to dampen the US pressure over the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Lately, disguised as a “Human Rights advocate” and the “Voice of Iranians” in the US, he has been gathering momentum with the help of his American colleagues to hamper the US punitive policies against the Islamic Republic.

The US Congress and the White House corridors have become the focus of activities of those who like NIAC promote engaging with the rulers of Iran and have been pushing the US toward accepting Iran’s superiority in the Middle East. This is while the Iranian people, both in Iran and abroad, have been struggling to rid themselves from the tyranny of the Islamic regime and expect the international community to back Iranian peoples’ efforts by withdrawing their support from the rulers of the Islamic Republic.

Towards the end of 2009, some NIAC internal documents and Trita Parsi’s correspondence with certain contacts in Iran were made public through a Washington court of law which substantiated many claims of his role as a lobbyist of the Islamic Republic in the US. These documents hit the “Washington Times” headlines in the article “Iran advocacy group said to skirt lobby rules“.

Consequently, Arizona Senator for the Republicans John Kyl, launched an inquiry into the activities of “NIAC” addressed to the US Attorney General Mr. Eric Holder.

Two months have elapsed since Senator Kyl’s initiative, but to no avail. Instead, NIAC has been condoned by friends of the Islamic Republic in the US. Even “VOA” and “Radio Farda” which are financed by the US Congress have been promoting Trita Parsi and his agenda, and refrain from reflecting the voice and views of Islamic Republic’s opposition groups or individuals.

Dear compatriots,

We urge you to write to Senator Kyl and show your appreciation of his courageous initiative to pursue his inquiry into NIAC and Trita Parsi’s activities within the US.

We must do everything in our power to voice the demands of Iranian people of president Obama to make his choice; “Obama, either with them or with us”, people are chanting on the streets of Iran!

To make your task easier, we have provided a template to be used to address Senator Kyl. You may either post or fax your letter using this template.

Alternatively, you can e-mail us with your details which we would then collect and forward on your behalf.

Progressive American-Iranian Committee (PAIC)

________________________________________________________________________________

Sentaor Kyl’s phone and Fax:

Phone: (202) 224-4521
Fax: (202) 224-2207

http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm

___________________________________________________________________________________

A sample letter:

The Honorable Senator Jon Kyl

730 Hart Senate Building

Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Kyl,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your insistence that the Justice Department conduct an investigation into the nature and extent of NIAC’s activities in the U.S.

The views held by this organization and its activities closely match the interests of the Iranian regime. Furthermore, there is ample, credible evidence pointing to possible coordination between NIAC leadership and the Iranian regime, which justifies an extensive investigation into this matter.

I request that you continue to pursue this matter with the Justice Department and inform the American people of the investigation’s results.

Respectfully,

Sender’s signature

Monday, January 11, 2010

Alsammarae talking tough


From The Nation's Robert Dreyfuss channeling Aiham Chicago Way Alsammarae again. This time on Iraq's banning of Saleh al-Mutlaq as a neo-Bathist
Aiham Alsammarae, a former Iraqi minister of electricity, told The Nation that if the action against Mutlaq is allowed to stand, it could push many Iraqi opposition members to renewed violence, and he said that even a new round of civil war could erupt. Alsammarae, who initially considered running for parliament as part of the Allawi-Mutlaq coalition, has instead established an independent party, the National United Front, and he expects to win up to 10 seats in the next parliament, from his home province of Salahuddin and from Nineweh, Anbar, Diyala, and Baghdad.

But Alsammarae worries that the Iraqi military, many of whose generals are loyal to Prime Minister Maliki, won't accept a new government, if Maliki loses. "Maliki has put Dawa party guys everywhere," he says. "All of the generals in Baghdad are Shia, and many of them are new generals that Maliki promoted."
ahh, would it be Journalistically out of line for Dreyfuss to mention Mr. Alsammarae IS a Chicagoan, a fellow who bailed out Tony Rezko, and a friend of Rod Blagojevich. He's much much more than just an Iraqi former Minister of Electiricity under Bremer's CPA.

The photo is Alsammarae at Illinois's Gov Rod Blagojevich's dinner for Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tim Kaine's defense of Harry Reid

Kaine said,
Democrats on Sunday defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his private remarks during the 2008 campaign describing then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect."

"I think if you look at the reports as I have, it was all in the context of saying positive things about Senator Obama," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine. "It definitely was in the context of recognizing in Senator Obama a great candidate and future president."
The apology's due Americans who don't look or sound quite like President Obama for Reid's racism slashes those less light, less adept at some elite's dialect, most.

Nevadans will toss Reid come next election, but for the honor of the Senate, and in deference to American troops at war, he ought leave now.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Dan Proft's first ad

Dan Proft's first ad. "Revolution" and "Conservative" kinda overwhelm the GOP lingo.

I have no sense how this race is going. I haven't made up my mind. I could vote for a few of these guys.

But I like Proft's style....

Jim Ryan's first ad

Better than McKenna's hair ads.

Let the Cameras in on Obamacare dealmaking

A petition holding the Prez to his words,
President Obama and Congressional Democrats are ramming health care reform through Congress. In March 2008, President Obama promised the health care debate would be open and transparent saying: "I am going to do it all on C-SPAN so that the American People will know what's going on." (Town hall meeting, Lancaster, PA, 3/31/08)

Now the Democrats are holding secret meetings to negotiate the health care reform bill - and keeping the cameras out. Sign the petition today and demand transparency and an end to the secret meetings and back room deals. Let the cameras in!
No kidding... Americans entitle to know what's going on.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I bet I can find 1,000,000 Against Government Violence in Iran

If you're on FaceBook then a site worth joining....I bet I can find 1,000,000 Against Government Violence in Iran

Please take a couple of minutes to invite your friends. I bet We can find 1,000,000 Against this Criminals!

Kristol Crushes

via Mark Finkelstein

We're targets of a Far Reaching network of hatred and violence that's declared war on Liberalism and the United States. A network of hatred and violence that finds victory blowing up airliners, Mosques, and soccer games.

Only fools let a captured foe seek sanctuary and silence in lawyers. We cede the enemy rights to bargain for a reduced sentence in civilian criminal courts. That leads to our self defeat. Kristo speaks a crushing truth this AM.



Footnote: Pundita: Whaddya mean there was no smoking gun, Mr Brennan? More nonsense from Abdulmutallab terror case

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Progressives Throw “Obama” Under the Bus

A cross post from my blog on Unitarian Universalism.

Carl Davidson's recycled Progressives for Obama into Progressive America Rising H/T The Real Barack Obama.

Carl (and feel free to comment here Carl to the Unitarian Universalist blogosphere) knows better than most the real Obama having known him from New Party Days in Chicago when Obama came to Carl for support. So the ease Carl can turn on the guy may seem surprising to those not versed in the left. Carl after all nailed Barack as triangulator par excellence.

But Marxism and Progressivism is all about progress through dialectics. The clash of opposites and the synthesis of the new and then it all starts over again. Brings to mind Trotsky's letter Albert Goldman in 1940, Burnham doesn’t recognize dialectics but dialectics does not permit him to escape from its net.

It could be rewritten today as, Obama doesn't recognize dialectics but dialectics does not permit him to excape from its net. Carl and his fellow comrades at PFO are casting the new net. The dialectic turning on the new Obama order to crush him and take America to the next new level of progress.

That's the fine mess Democrats have bought themselves with these DSA Schactmenites from Hyde Park (at least that's where I first met the dying YPSL). Progressives who climb in bed with a patron of Tony Rezko and Illinois's Democratic Machine as a progressive step, then to be followed by the next clash. The throwing of Obama under the Progressive's bus. Progressives call it dialectics but it seems more betrayal.

Recall the old man's conclusion in 1940,
In the good old days we waited, often for years and decades for a verification of a prognosis. Now the tempo of events is so feverish that the verification comes unexpectedly the next day.
Again a War-time America's in one of History's moments of feverish tempo. Verification on Obama's going to come quick. On Progressives too...