Senate To Deny Pensions To Convicted Lawmakers

According to cbs4denver.com:
Senate To Deny Pensions To Convicted Lawmakers:
"“Members of Congress convicted of serious crimes would lose their taxpayer-paid pensions, sometimes totaling more than $100,000 a year, under a measure unanimously approved by the Senate Friday.”"

This sure as heck makes a lot of sense but it will make a lot of Republicans unhappy. heh

I managed the switch to beta

It was a bit of a pain in the butt... But I have it done with and just have to update my sidebar now. ACCCCK!!! lol


Pentagon drops active-duty time limit - Soldier drops clothes

While bush gets the Pentagon to abandon active-duty time limits in order to break the military even more than they already have:
The Pentagon has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, officials said Thursday, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in

It appears that one soldier may have found a way to get out of going back to the middle east:
An Air Force staff sergeant who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been relieved of her duties while the military investigates, officials said Thursday.

In February's issue, hitting newsstands this week, Michelle Manhart is photographed in uniform yelling and holding weapons under the headline "Tough Love." The following pages show her partially clothed, wearing her dog tags while working out, as well as completely nude.


"Of what I did, nothing is wrong, so I didn't anticipate anything, of course," Manhart, 30, told The Associated Press. "I didn't do anything wrong, so I didn't think it would be a major issue."

I have never heard of any soldier dropping their clothes for a magazine and not getting the boot from the military, so I doubt she will be the exception to the rule.

Coulter's in it deeper

It looks like Anne Coulter may have even more felonies on his record at the end of his voter fraud investigation:
"Newly added to the previously known allegations of Voter Fraud --- when Coulter used her realtor's address instead of her own on her Voter Registration Application --- is the allegation by the Palm Beach Police Department that Coulter seems to also have given that same, incorrect address when applying for a driver's license after moving to the tony Sunshine State 'hood, where her fellow GOP propagandist Rush Limbaugh has recently had his own troubles following the rule of law.

The allegation concerning Driver's License Fraud would be yet another third degree felony, according to the Palm Beach Police Department report!"


The Big Book on Krayeske: Harassment of CT State Citizens

(h/t to the CTnewsjunkie that broke all of this first)

OK. He has worked on the Green party campaign for the Governor, the Lamont campaign for Senate, and does a lot of Blogging and work as an indie Journalist. Apparently he is perceived as a serious enough threat to our paranoid Governor Jodi Rell that he was arrested at her innaugural prade.

Activist Arrested At Inauguration Parade:

"HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. M. Jodi Rell's security detail only watched when a woman left the sidewalk and quickly walked toward Rell during the inaugural parade Wednesday. The woman shook Rell's hand and melted into the crowd.

But a slightly built man who jumped off a mountain bike and ran into the parade route ahead of Rell was intercepted by a state trooper and arrested by a Hartford police officer.

One difference in the way the two incursions were handled: A state police intelligence unit had previously identified the man, Ken Krayeske, as a political activist and potential threat.

A potential threat? What was so threatening about Krayeske that the Trooper had to step in and grab him? And why, and how, had they identified him?

Hartford Det. Jeff Antuna wrote in his report that Krayeske hp/2007/01/0drew his attention by rapidly riding up to the parade route near Bushnell Park, dumping his bike and running to a position in front of Rell.

"I immediately recognized the accused as Kenneth Krayeske from the photograph provided by the state police," Antuna wrote.

A state police detective intercepted Krayeske. When Antuna grabbed his arm, police said, Krayeske pulled away.

Photograph provided by State Police? Huh??? According to the Hartford police officers report the State had given the local Hartford police photographs of activists that might be considered threats to "Her Excellency" Governor Jodi Rell.

His lawyer says Krayeske apparently came to the attention of state police by heckling Rell during a campaign stop in Glastonbury last year over her refusal to debate his candidate, Clifford Thornton.

"Are there little circles of law-enforcement officers who have lists of who is naughty and who is nice?" asked Krayeske's lawyer, Norm Pattis. "What is the criteria for inclusion?"

Speaking on behalf of the state police, Lt. J. Paul Vance had nothing to say about how Kreyeske came to the State Police intelligence unit's OR the Connecticut Intelligence Centers attention. He did admit that these unit's do share information and intelligence. Speaking on behalf of Nutmeggers... I knew they shared information, but I had no clue so many agencies were watching all of us?

As for the list:

Nancy Mulroy, a Hartford police spokeswoman, played down the list, saying Krayeske was arrested for his actions.

Pay no attention to the McCarthy inspired list! Just move along to the dangerous actions of Krayeske... OK, Let's do that for the moment. Situation, according to the Hartford police:

"List or no list, if you rush off a bike and start charging toward the governor during a processional parade, you are going to be arrested," Mulroy said. "In this day and age, when security is a very serious matter, you cannot expect to act like that and not have to face the consequences. Our job was to protect the governor, and we took it seriously."

Whoa! He was charging at our Governor? This seems to match the arrest report filed by the officer on the scene dug up and posted at The Courant website. (h/t to Journalist, radio host, and Blogger Colin McEnroe)

According to The Courant article there was a witness to back up the police version of the arrest. Eliot Streim:

Streim, a Hartford lawyer who was watching the parade with a colleague, said police did not intercept Krayeske as he ran into the parade route. On the contrary, Krayeske photographed the governor without incident and was detained by police only after Rell had passed by, Streim said.

Well? He did back them up against the wall. Straim's version seems to leave a lot of doubt about the police version of the arrest.

OK... Someone is lying, and the only one I can see with nothing to gain or lose here is the Lawyer/witness. Can Krayeske shed any light on what he was doing at the parade? Take a look:

Photo by Ken Krayeske (photo h/t ct bob)

He was taking pictures! That was a photo taken by Krayeske shortly before he was arrested. Does that look like a photo that someone charging at Granny Paranoia might be able to take? Half of my pictures come out blurry even when I am standing as still as I can. That is a damned good picture considering the subject. (FYI: Krayeske is having a caption contest for the photo to poke fun at inauguRellgate, and celebrate the glorious circumstances of his arrest and 13 hours in jail)

It is bad enough that this guy got arrested for taking pictures, but what is a really scary thought is that Connecticut now has a "LIST" of potential dangegerously threatening people that seems to include peaceful activists like Bloggers, Journalists, campaign volunteers, and obviously photographers.

So now we have a "List", an apparently ginned up arrest, spying on peaceful political activists... And yes he is your typical peaceful activist. Ctnewsjunkie fills in some of Kreyeske's info:

Krayeske was working as a freelance photojournalist at the time of the arrest Wednesday. He also runs a Web site The 40 Year Plan. He was previously arrested in 2003 for demonstrating against the war. In 2004 Krayeske worked on Ralph Nader's presidential campaign and in 2005 he traveled to Syria to report on the war. He has also contributed stories and photos to ctnewsjunkie.com

Atalbot at MLN can give you a little more background on Krayeske.

Now to the last little part in this story: What helped to get all of Connectucut's various secret and not so secret policing efforts and attention and put him on the "LIST". According to Maura at MLN:

Paz makes note in his article of this comment that Ken wrote at Connecticut Local Politics:

Whose going to protest the inaugural ball Jan. 3 with me? No need to make nice after watching this documentary about CJTS

Paz hasn't yet connected this comment to the aspect of this whole outrage that I think is nearly as interesting as the revelation that CTIC has a list of political activists deemed troublesome to Rell -- the fact that the bond for Krayeske was set at the absurdly high level of $75,000.

Since Ken couldn't make this bond, he was kept in lockup all afternoon and night...and then mysteriously sprung without having to make bond at all, simply on promise to appear, at 1:00 AM.

Rell's inaugural ball, which Ken commented at CLP that he'd like to protest, ended at 1:00 AM.

Krayeske is a freelance writer and photographer and his only intention was to photograph "Her Excellency" Governor Jodi Rell. They arrested him on ginned up charges, and held him until after that Rell's ball ended. You have seen most of the the evidence. Do I raelly need to tell you what to make of this?

The Day has a bit more on this from Krayeske's lawyer today:

Pattis called the police department's version "ridiculous," accusing them of "lying and making it up as they go along."

Equally important, he said, is the question of the surveillance and whether Krayeske and other political activists and freelance journalists are being investigated and monitored.

The number of other people on the list and their identities were not available Friday.

"It's not a crime in this country to be a political activist, at least not yet," Pattis said. "It's not apparent that Mr. Krayeske broke any law, it's not apparent that he did anything that any of the rest of us are not allowed to do. This is sort of, police state run riot."

A spokesman for the governor's office declined to comment Friday.

CT police and not so secret police (not secret anymore) have stepped in it big time, and all for the benefit of our paranoid GOP Governor Jodi Rell. They have crossed way over the line of what their stated purposes are. Just check Colin McEnroe's site to see the proof of that:

I am trying to stay with this story as I do the show. I now have the police report on the arrest of Ken Krayeske. The information about him seems to have come, at least partly, from the Connecticut Intelligence Center, a creature of Homeland Security.

Here is its stated purpose. I fail to see how it includes monitoring members of the Green Party:

* Connecticut Intelligence Center

The DEMHS Statewide Anti-Terrorism Task Force is now co-located with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, in an effort to streamline investigations and response to terrorism-related allegations and incidents. A key component of this investigative and law enforcement asset created in 2005 is the Connecticut Intelligence Center ("CTIC"), a multi-agency collaborative operation that includes representatives of the FBI, DEMHS, Connecticut State Police, municipal law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Coast Guard.

CTIC collects, analyzes and disseminates both criminal and terrorism related intelligence to all law enforcement agencies in Connecticut. Serving as a statewide central resource to affect intelligence sharing, CTIC also acts to identify emerging threats and trends. CTIC produces a number of intelligence reports and bulletins, including the CTIC Weekly Briefing and has conducted three seminars for state and local law enforcement professionals. The seminars have helped increase the knowledge of local law enforcement professionals in dealing with terrorist prevention and incidents.

And like the typical GOP low-life she personifies Jodi Rell will likely do nothing and say nothing about this until everyone dogpiles on her. She would prefer to just try and sweep it under the rug. What she didn't count on was that not only has the Blogosphere latched on to this, BUT the MSM has grabbed this one early and has done a lot of digging as well.

Rep. Mike Lawlor (D-East Haven) and CO-Chair of the Judiciary Committee had this to say (Courtesy of Spazeboy.net) at a Capitol briefing:
Part 1 (Length 09:00):

Lawlor is correct:

"This type of conduct, which I guess you could categorize as "bushist" for a want of a better expression in this day and age will not be tolerated in this state."

Part 2 (Length (09:54):

"That, to me, reeks of secret police..."

Part 3 (Length (08:50):

"This is clearly an attempt to intimidate a journalist"..."This is the result of the emergence Bloggers on the political scene"..."This not traditional journalism, its different, slightly more in your face, and appropriately so, because a lot of people can't get away with what they used to in the good old days, not the politicians, not the police, and a lot of other people, and I think this is healthy for the process."..."I think this motivated more by politics than law enforcement"

"It begs the question: "Who else is on that list?"" And also a reference to this snippet from a post as supposed reasoning for Krayeske's outrageous treatment:

I scoped the area because I hoped to snap some photos of Rell during the inaug. I want file shots so when I report on her governance, I can have fresh images for the loyal viewing audience. Unfortunately, according to Mr. Harris, I won't have much access:

Shocking! He was planning to take Photographs!

Part 4 (Length 09:12):

Q: "Are you going to ask for copies of that list and are you going to make it public?"

A: "Absolutely. We will get to the bottom of this and we will do it publicly."

Also, there is a reference to The letter (Via ctblogger) from Jodi Rell that is about a dollar short and a few days too late for me to believe that she is doing anything but spinning:
Colin McEnroe just posted this on his blog. Seems like the events surrounding the arrest of Ken Krayeske is going to turn into a full-scale investigation. McEnroe just posted this letter Gov. Rell sent to
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle.

January 8, 2007

Commissioner Leonard Boyle

Department of Public Safety

1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457

Dear Commissioner Boyle:

I am writing with regard to the incident last week involving Kenneth Krayeske which led to his arrest by the Hartford Police Department.

I recognize that security assessments are by necessity comprehensive, and I understand that our State and local law enforcement agencies must work together and share information. Law enforcement agencies also have the difficult job of assessing the information they receive. Nonetheless, I was disturbed to read in media reports allegations regarding the existence of a list of individuals.

It is my expectation that all State Police information is maintained in strict compliance with federal law. In this environment of heightened security, the use of information must be balanced with the individual rights of our citizens. In providing security and protection, we cannot permit the rights of individuals to be trampled.

The parade was a public event, and moreover an event at which public participation was invited. People also have a right to protest – and that right is one of the fundamental freedoms of our state and nation.

Most importantly, security procedures must be uniform and consistent in order to safeguard both the people and places of Connecticut as well as our basic freedoms.

Accordingly, I am requesting that you review the circumstances of this incident. Specifically, I would like to know how this individual came to the attention of State Police and the circumstances under which his name and photo were provided to the Hartford Police Department.

In addition, I am requesting that you evaluate existing procedures to ensure that information gathered by the State Police is reliable and reported to other law enforcement agencies in a responsible manner.


M Jodi Rell


The events surrounding freelance journalist Ken Krayeske's arrest is getting stranger by the second as the outrage mounts.

The letter came out shortly before the planned press conference by Lawlor. Can you get any more "spin reactionary" than that?

As you can see... Lawlor and the other members of the press conference are truely shocked about this and are taking this all very seriously as far as it being a serious abuse of Krayeske's rights and the rights of any other "innocent victims" of the list.

I'll close this out with a humoorous interview by Ct Bob (with Maura) of Krayeske at the Branford BRRRoadwater "polar bear swim":
(length 05:18)

You don't know who I am BUT you are welcome! :) There are many people that will do what we can to support you.

There is an appeal for funds to help cover his legal costs if you want to help a fellow Blogger/Activist/Journalist/Photographer/Citizen!

Damn!! We were both taken in!

Spazeboy offers an updated link to donate:

Update II: This one’s major. It turns out that Krayeske’s application for a grant from the SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund was published without his knowledge or consent. I feel like a rube for re-posting an excerpt, but I did so only because I know that many of us are interested in contributing toward the payment of his legal bills. All that’s left of this post is the info below, which is the only legit way to contribute to Ken Krayeske’s legal defense.

Update: Ken Krayeske posted a link to his site in the comments, which now has info on the legal defense fund that’s been set up for him by his attorney Norman Pattis:

if you wish to promote liberty, protect freedom of speech and stop false arrests of journalists and/or political activists, please help me out. You can make out checks to “Law Offices of Norman A. Pattis,” and in the memo line write “Ken Krayeske Legal Defense Fund.” Send the checks to

Ken Krayeske Legal Defense Fund
c/o Law Offices of Norman Pattis
649 Amity Road
Bethany, CT 06524

I repeat that this is the one and only certified way to contribute to my legal defense at this point and time. Thank you all in advance for your assistance, and I am humbled by the amount of emotional support I have received to this point.

I am glad I checked his site before I went out!

Sen. Dodd announces 2008 bid

While not quite officially declared YET... But:
Sen. Dodd announces 2008 bid: "Dodd, a 26-year Senate veteran, told the “Imus in the Morning” radio show he will file paperwork to establish a campaign committee later in the day.

“I know how to do this. I know what has to be done. I’m going to get out and make my case,” Dodd said. He described himself as a dark horse in a Democratic field dominated by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama — neither of whom have yet entered the race.

“There’s a heightened sense of urgency about the condition of the country. But it isn’t just Iraq — there are problems here at home that are huge,” Dodd said. He said he planned to focus on issues like education, energy policy and health care in his campaign."

While he is mistaken if he thinks that Hillary Clinton OR Barrack Obama are dominating anything since both hardly have any record of real leadership in the last 2 years, and we notice these things, I think it is a good thing to see THE ONLY MODERATE SENATOR IN CONNECTICUT throw his name into the race.

I have had it with the farrr-right-wingnuts that try to paint themselves as some sort of moderate centrists when they are really only radicals that are way off to the right of the average American.

Dodd's strong suits: His positions on Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, and Iraq.

Civil Rights:
Dodd authored and successfully enacted landmark election reform legislation -- the "Help America Vote Act" -- following the 2000 presidential election to protect the voting rights of all Americans. This law has been called the most important civil rights legislation since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It strengthens the voting rights of all Americans -- regardless of race, income, or disability -- to better ensure that their votes are counted.

Recognizing the important contributions made by African Americans to American life and history, Dodd co-authored a law to create the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC.

Senator Dodd is the co-author with Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) of legislation to establish an Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Division at the Department of Justice. This division would be responsible for investigating and prosecuting long-unsolved civil rights crimes against Americanss successfully passed out of the Senate. The legislation passed the Senate in mid-2005.

Civil Liberties:
Dodd supports revisions to the USA PATRIOT Act that will strengthen our nation's ability to fight terrorism while preserving Americans' civil liberties, such as the right to privacy. He also is the author, with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), of legislation that would strengthen freedom of speech and freedom of the press by limiting the ability of the federal government to prosecute citizens and journalists for speaking confidentially about abuses of power by government and corporate officials.

Washington, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) Presidential hopeful Senator Christopher Dodd urged the US Administration to withdraw from Iraq.

The Des Moines Register of Iowa says Dodd, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, termed pointless the US strategy in Iraq and called for an immediate retreat.

Dodd's weakest suits: Ties to banking and financial lobbyists and the fact that he is not a "branded name" across the country.
''Any time you are chairman of a committee that oversees, arguably, the wealthiest sector of society, that's a significant opportunity to raise some real dough,'' said Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist from several presidential campaigns. ''But it's potentially a double-edged sword.''

The senator has accepted millions of dollars in contributions from Wall Street interests during his 25 years in the Senate, but his new chairmanship, plus his White House ambitions, have upped the ante.

''It's a tightrope walk when you're the chairman of a committee that regulates the industry that gives the most money to politics, in general,'' said Massie Ritsch, communications director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan watchdog group. ''It has to be tempting to take a lot of money from this industry, because they want to give it so much.''...

I know that there are a lot of other issues that are weaknesses and strengths but those are the ones that, off of the top of my head, I could remember reading about lately.

Radical American Centrism: THE BIG LIEberman

The center is such a hard thing to nail down for Joe, at least, as long as it keeps moving EVEN FURTHER to the left of Joe than it was before.

According to C&L:

Military Times: (h/t Hugh)

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Iraq?
Approve 35%
Disapprove 42%
No opinion 10%
Decline to answer 12%

A few more stats from Gabe at CLP:

TPM Election Central's Eric Kleefeld neatly rips this absurd argument to shreds (click through to read the whole thing and see the video of McCain making the claim):

First, let's take a look at Connecticut's exit polls. They show that sending more troops had the support of — get this — 15% of voters! Meanwhile, 63% of voters said some or even all troops should be withdrawn, in complete opposition to Lieberman's real position.

Second, given the total number of people who cast their vote for Lieberman, it's nothing short of absurd to say that it's in any way indicative of anything national. According to the final results, a total of 563,725 people voted for Lieberman — in other words, just over half a million in a nation of 300 million people.

Finally, Lieberman won because he was able to misrepresent his views on Iraq, not because voters agreed with his actual views on the subject. Back in July, Lieberman actually said he thought we'd be able to draw down "significant" numbers of troops by now. What's more, Lieberman worked hard to blur the line between himself and Ned Lamont on the Iraq issue. In one ad, for instance, he spoke of wanting to "bring our troops home from Iraq."

PING... Just using "echo location" to point out how much further to the left the people of Connecticut are compared to Joe "Right-Wingnut" Lieberman.


Krayeske's Arrest and THE LIST video

From Fox 61 and courtesy of Scarce at MLN:

Everyone wants to know about THE LIST...


Krayeske & More Spocko, Disney, ABC and Blogger Harassment

Just like the Krayeske case: Shake the foundations and rattle enough cages and sometimes even the media starts to pay attention. Some of it might even be pretty comical!

According to Sally Falkow at The Leading Edge widespread Spocko coverage is having a bit of an effect:
Disney Takes Hard Line with Blog Critic:
"Now it’s making the jump to mainstream media. Fast Company picked up the Media Post item of how one blogger took on Disney – and won. “His letter to KSFO’s advertisers resulted in Netflix, MasterCard, Bank of America, and most recently, Visa have pulled their advertising from the station. According to Spocko, Federal Express, AT&T and Kaiser Permanente are weighing their departure as well.”

Once again a large corporation has put both their proverbial feet in the substance and it is hitting the fan. There are already 130 blog posts about this on Google Blog Search with headlines such as Ah, those Disney family values and Spocko, Disney, ABC and Blogger Harassment. Technorati reports 313 blog posts like Disney Defends Hate Speech, Calls for Violence and Memo to Enterprises: Fire Your Lawyers.

There’s a groundswell of support for Spocko in the blogosphere and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is defending him. It will be interesting to see how it plays out."

Hundreds of posts ioon this and the media is perking up it's ears a little, but all Disney will say up to now is "No Comment."

Wonder if they will still be holding their tongues when they start seeing pics of Mickey Mouse cutting peoples fingers off, or Donald Duck throwing out racial slurs...

Oh yeah! you Disney and ABC pukes have crossed over into territories previously unknown to yourselves when it comes to our PROTECTED FREEDOM to editorialize your characters in this way as a reasonable social commentary on your corporations' ethics as long as you continue to endorse the hate spewing out of those KSFO idiot-radio-hosts' mouths...

And just like these posts... Those satires will saturate the net. Think about that you Disney-ding-dongs.

Watch the Government Watching YOU

From Maura's "Big Sister is Reading You"
"Apparently state police employees were trolling the internet, blog sites prior to the inauguration seeing if anyone was talking about any type of interference of the Inauguration. And they encountered Ken Krayeske's one post that to me is not at all threatening..."

Check the stats on your sitemeter.

I am sure you will all find visits from the "State of Connecticut" in your stats. I know that I get visits from them everytime I post something on Jodi Rell.

Also, as a side note, there are usually many visits from federal government sites. If you monitor them close enough you will find visits from sites that are ".gov" and ".mil", etc., littering your sitemeter logs at times.

A sample taken from the "Details" stats on my sitemeter that "SOMEONE" from the State of CT government GOOGLED on "ken krayeske":

Domain Name  ct.gov ? (United States Government)

IP Address  159.247.2.# (State of Connecticut)

ISP  State of Connecticut


Continent  :  North America

Country  :  United States  (Facts)

State  :  Connecticut

City  :  East Hartford

Lat/Long  :  41.7776, -72.6214 (Map)

Language  English (United States)


Operating System  Microsoft WinXP

Browser  Internet Explorer 6.0

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)

Javascript  version 1.3


Resolution  :  1024 x 768

Color Depth  :  32 bits

Time of Visit  Jan 8 2007 2:13:49 pm

Last Page View  Jan 8 2007 2:17:29 pm

Visit Length  3 minutes 40 seconds

Page Views  6

Referring URL  http://blogsearch.go... krayeske&ie=UTF8

Search Engine  blogsearch.google.com

Search Words  ken krayeske

Visit Entry Page  http://drinkliberal....

Visit Exit Page  http://drinkliberal....

Out Click  a caption contest for the photo


Time Zone  UTC-5:00

Visitor's Time  Jan 8 2007 1:13:49 pm

Visit Number  3,839

Now... I am not saying that this particular visit was neccessarily the malicious kind of visit that resulted in Krayeske's harrassment... It could have been a government employee goofing off on taxpayers time. LOL!

But take a hard look at your Stats. The visits from various government agencies are logged there and their originating Domains, IP, and ISP stats, etc., are pretty easy to recognize.

If we wanted we could probably piece together enough info from various Bloggers stats and figure out just who is watching us. But it sure would be easier on on us if Granny Paranoia Rell just released THE LIST.

Sean Hannity - Enemy of the People

According to TPM Cafe:
Forget Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person In The World" contest — it's now been completely upstaged by a new Sunday contest on Fox: Sean Hannity's "Enemy of the State" award. Last night, Hannity's new Sunday night program aired for the first time, and from here on he'll award his "Enemy of the State" prize — a term originating with ancient Roman dictators placing bounties on rivals — on whatever red-state abortionist, anti-war activist, or run-of-the-mill Democrat who has attracted Hannity's ire that week.

If all it takes is labeling Hannity as the bush-news-whore that he is, well? See for yourself:

Keith Olberman gave you a measly bronze for your obvious rip-off of his "Worst Person In The World". I'll just leave your whoring self with this last thought:

Sean Hannity is the "Enemy of the People"... You know? "We The People" that know you for the bastard-bush-news-whore that you are.



Bush's answer to everything political:
CBS: U.S. Strikes Al Qaeda In Somalia, CBS News Learns Strike Was Aimed At Alleged Al Qaeda Members Linked to 1998 Embassy Bombings - CBS News:
"(CBS/AP) A U.S. Air Force gunship has conducted a strike against suspected members of al Qaeda in Somalia, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports exclusively.

The targets included the senior al Qaeda leader in East Africa and an al Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, Martin reports. Those terror attacks killed more than 200 people.

The AC-130 gunship is capable of firing thousands of rounds per second, and sources say a lot of bodies were seen on the ground after the strike, but there is as yet, no confirmation of the identities. "

Blow it the fuck up!

Another "Oh SHIT!" moment brought to you by the worst president this country has ever seen.

George Lakoff on the "100 Hour Agenda"

A conversation with George Lakoff, senior fellow of the Rockridge Institute, introducing Rockridge Nation, Nancy Pelosi's 100 hour agenda, and the concept of framing of progressive values.

The Rockridge Institute introduces the first episode of their new Rockridge Nation Video Series. In this episode, George Lakoff talks with Rockridge Institute Executive Director Bruce Budner on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's 100 hour agenda, MoveOn.org's agenda, and a broader, long-term progressive agenda.

Nothing like Lakoff in a format that even a bushidiot can understand. Just click'n'learn! lol

Keeping Tabs on the Congress Critters

Via Congress.org 110th Congress, 1st Session
On adoption of Title 4 of the Resolution
During consideration of the resolution setting House rules for the 110th Congress, the chamber approved this section that is intended to reform the earmark process and to reduce deficit spending.
Passed: 280-152
How the U.S. House from Connecticut voted: voted
Rep. Joseph Courtney (D-2) Y
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3) Y
Rep. John Larson (D-1) Y
Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-5) Y
Rep. Christopher Shays (R-4) Y

And as a side note... Ken Krayeske writing about the death of Hunter S Thompson at Counterpunch:
The Bottle is Done

I'm sad that Thompson fed his head with lead. It makes Bush's America that much more difficult to deal with. As I try to soldier on, I know one of my heroes determined the act of writing political commentary was meaningless in the face of a depraved would-be dictator.

Fortunately for us there are plenty of different bottles to chose from and none of what anyone writes about in trying to stop the crazies in the GOP will ever be meaningless. And I, for one, chose to continue to drink liberally from the many different offerings available in this great big Blogorific world, and to write just as liberally, until this nightmare ends.

Soldier on dude... You aren't alone in this.
Soldier on!


Games Joe Wants Your Kids To Play

Via Scarce at MLN and talking about video games, and how Joe Lieberman wants to regulate them for their violent content:

While Joe talks about this issue, Joe Lieberman has taken money from violent video game producers.

But here is one violent video game that Joe is desperate to get your kids to play:
Welcome to the battlefield of the future!
F2C2 was created by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to help explain the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program to soldiers in an interactive environment. The game depicts the 18 FCS systems, all connected via the FCS System of Systems Common Operating Environment, supporting the 21st century soldier.

Although F2C2 is best experienced when the player has a working knowledge of Army concepts and terminology, anyone can play! F2C2 may seem hard at first if you haven’t had Army training, but there are tutorials available. Prepare to be challenged!

You can download this video game, designed to train soldiers, for free at the official US Army webpage. Take a look at at how realistic this game is:

It's not just that Joe wants your kids to play this realistic game... It is that he also wants your kids to go to Iraq and do this for real.

And there is the hypocrisy that is Joe Lieberman.

Edwards? Clinton? Can you tell the difference?

According to the HuffPo there is some internet political gaming of the '08 elections allready underway.

The Huffington Post:
John Edwards' '08 website is johnedwards.com. But the campaign didn't buy edwards08.com. Hillary Clinton did. Click on edwards08.com and you end with Hillary Clinton.

How Republican of you Hillary...
It is just one of the many tricks the GOP have employed in the last few elections.