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Cobb & Badnarik take case to N.M. Supreme Court
By David Edwards on 9/6/2005 5:40am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

On Monday September 5, lawyers representing presidential candidates David Cobb of the Green Party and Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian petitioned New Mexico's highest court to order a recount of 2004 election.

This appeal to New Mexico's Supreme Court came after refusals of the state Canvassing Board and Gov. Bill Richardson to conduct a recount as set forth under New Mexico election law.

John Boyd, a lawyer for Cobb and Badnarik, said a recount of paper ballots and a recheck of voting machine results was still needed to highlight problems with New Mexico's election system.

"There is no more important issue than the purity of elections in this state," Boyd told justices during an hour-long hearing. "And I will tell ... the court that the elections are not pure."

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Cobb and Badnarik said the canvassing board had exceeded its powers in demanding more than $1 million in advance. The candidates filed a lawsuit, lost in district court and then appealed.

Boyd, the lawyer for Cobb and Badnarik, said the court should decide the case dispute because similar problems could occur in future elections if the canvassing board has "unfettered discretion" in deciding how much to charge candidates in advance for a recount.

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By David Edwards on 9/5/2005 7:17pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Tonight, on MSNBC's countdown, Kieth Olbermann nailed the Bush Administration and other officials for their handling of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans:

The seeming definition of our time and our leaders had been their insistence on slashing federal budgets for projects that might�ve saved New Orleans. The seeming characterization of our government that it was on vacation when the city was lost, and could barely tear itself away from commemorating V.J. Day and watching Monty Python's Flying Circus, to at least pretend to get back to work. The seeming identification of these hapless bureaucrats: their pathetic use of the future tense in terms of relief they could�ve brought last Monday and Tuesday � like the President, whose statements have looked like they�re being transmitted to us by some kind of four-day tape-delay.

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But, nationally, these are leaders who won re-election last year largely by portraying their opponents as incapable of keeping the country safe. These are leaders who regularly pressure the news media in this country to report the reopening of a school or a power station in Iraq, and defies its citizens not to stand up and cheer. Yet they couldn't even keep one school or power station from being devastated by infrastructure collapse in New Orleans � even though the government had heard all the "chatter" from the scientists and city planners and hurricane centers and some group whose purposes the government couldn't quite discern... a group called The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

And most chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection � or at least amelioration � against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological.

It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water.

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Mr. Bush has now twice insisted that, "we are not satisfied," with the response to the manifold tragedies along the Gulf Coast. I wonder which "we" he thinks he's speaking for on this point. Perhaps it's the administration, although we still don't know where some of them are. Anybody seen the Vice President lately? The man whose message this time last year was, 'I'll Protect You, The Other Guy Will Let You Die'?

You can find the rest of the remarks in Keith Olbermann's Blog. A video clip of the statement is here (Windows Media).

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Presidential visit to disaster area was faked, media hype...
By David Edwards on 9/4/2005 10:10am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

President of Jefferson Parish, Aaron Broussard, says he still doesn't have the resources needed to save the lives in his Parish.

At the end of this interview on Meet the Press, Broussard tells a heart wrenching story of a co-worker's mother that was trapped in a nursing home. She called four days in a row for help but help never came. Broussard breaks into tears as he explains that the Cavalry never came and she died by drowning.

Folks, people are still trapped. People still don't have food and water. President Bush has staged some photo-ops to make it look like the Cavalry had arrived and everything was under control. As Winter Patriot noted, this was a staged photo-op. It was faked. It was media hype.

George Bush's Administration and the federal government agencies that he is responsible for have still not responded in proportion to the disaster. They have not fulfilled their duties to the Americans that are depending on them.

Please watch and listen to all of Aaron Brousard's comments in this video.

Streaming video in Real Media format.

Video in Windows Media format.

Video in QuickTime format.

Video for dial-up users.

Audio in MP3 format.

UPDATE: Pam Spaulding keeps an eye on the sad and embarrassing state of the Freepers who seem to have deleted the words "accountability" and "responsibility" from their dictionary once their Savior and King succeeded in purchasing his way into the White House. What a world...

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CNN lets Dobbs' racism shine for the cameras
By David Edwards on 9/2/2005 5:38pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Cable news networks are setting ratings records. More people are tuning in than ever to see coverage of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. All the cable news shows have suspended their normal topics to focus on the crisis.

For example, on a given night it is not unusual to hear thinly veiled racist undertones on one of Lou Dobbs regular reports about immigration issues. Seldom, if ever, has Dobb's bigotry been as obvious and disturbing as it was on tonight's broadcast concerning race, class and the failure of emergency management during the the current crisis.

CHRISTINE ROMANS: Now these tax paying Americans left behind from their jobs... it could be months before they get paid again but how insulting that before they worry about that they must find food, water and a way out.

LOU DOBBS: It is also important because Reverend Jesse Jackson, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP have injected a straightforward and dramatic and PERHAPS EVEN TRUTHFUL charge, that the failure here is because of race. We should put in context, it seems to me, that the City of New Orleans is 70% black. Its' mayor is black. Its' principle power structure is black. If there is a failure to the Black Americans who live in poverty and in the city of New Orleans, those officials have to bear much of the responsibility.

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LISA SYLVESTER: Our nation has been quick to help those in other countries in need which is why many are asking the question, "Why has it taken so long to come the the aid of American Citizens on our own soil? Lou."

LOU DOBBS: ...There is in this charge from particularly Reverend Jesse Jackson, from the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus among others, there has been no mention of Mayor Ray Nagin, who is black, a predominantly black power structure in the City of New Orleans. Why is that?

LISA SYLVESTER: We heard from Ray Nagin earlier today and he is somewhat irate. The sense is that the Federal Government has somehow dropped the ball. These politicians... [she is interrupted by Dobbs]

LOU DOBBS: I don't think that anybody would argue with that, Lisa, but why would not black leaders concerned about black poor people in this case, who are the predominant victims here who remain in their city stranded, why would they not also focus on a black mayor of that city and it's black power structure?

Is it just me or is Lou totally missing the point? I was going to title this piece "Lou Dobbs is a fucking racist" but "we report, you decide"...

Watch the video of CNN's Lou Dobbs and decide for yourself (Windows Media). The transcript is here.

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Bush: 'Out of the rubble of Trent Lott's house... will come a fantastic house'
By David Edwards on 9/2/2005 10:50am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards


"Out of the rubble of Trent Lott's house is going to come a fantastic house...
...and I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch."

"It's as if the entire gulf coast was obliterated by the worst kind of weapon you can imagine...
...and now we're going to try to comfort people in that part of the world. Thank you."

The failure of leadership continues...

Watch the video (Windows Media)

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Film dispels negative spin about victims but shows horrid living conditions
By David Edwards on 9/1/2005 8:42pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

MSNBC Photojournalist, Tony Zumbado, spent the morning filming at the New Orleans Convention Center. He assumed that some news reports had been exaggerated. Zumbado wanted to see and film the victims' situation first hand.

Allison Stewart asked him about the experience:

ALISON STEWART: Tony, I know you've seen a lot of things in your career, but have you ever seen anything like that?

TONY ZUMBADO: I've gotta tell you, I thought I'd seen it all, but just when you think you've seen it all, you go into another situation and you see something horrific. I've never seen anything in my life like this. ... I can't put it into words the amount of destruction that is in this city and how these people are coping. They are just left behind. There is nothing offered to them. No water, no ice, no C-rations, nothing, for the last four days.

They were told to go to the convention center. They did, they've been behaving. It's unbelievable how organized they are, how supportive they are of each other. They have not started any mles, any riots ... they just want food and support. And what I saw there I've never seen in this country.

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STEWART: Are you telling me there is no police in the area, no National Guard in the area?

ZUMBADO: I don't want to sound negative against anybody or any official, but according to them, and what they saw, they left and they're there on their own. There's no police there's no authority. ... You would never ever imagine what you saw in the convention center in New Orleans.

STEWART: Tell me about the sanitation.

ZUMBADO: The sanitation was unbelievable. The stench in there... was unbelievable. Dead people around the walls of the convention center, laying in the middle of the street in their dying chairs. ... They were just covered up ... Babies, two babies dehydrated and died. I'm telling you, I couldn't take it.

Watch Tony Zumbado's film of the New Orleans Convention Center in Windows media format or Real media format.

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Go Adopt a Family at Houston Astrodome Now
By David Edwards on 9/1/2005 7:24pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Brad wanted to get this message out ASAP...

Just got an urgent call from the Cindy Sheehan folks in Houston. There are now many families arriving in Houston that have no place to go.

All volunteers within driving distance of the Houston Astrodome are needed to help provide temporary shelter for these families.

Please get the word out that there are now families in Houston needing help from fellow Americans!

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Ex-mayor begs President for resources to save New Orleans
By David Edwards on 8/31/2005 7:52am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

New Orleans ex-mayor, Sydney Barethemly, pleads with President Bush to allocate the resources to save New Orleans and make it a safe place once again. He says that the president must focus and make saving the city and the 80,000 trapped people a priority. He believes that if we do this on the President's schedule then it may be too late.

SOLEDAT: Why was there no plan in place? New Orleans has been in the path of Hurricanes forever so why no plan.

BARETHEMLY: ...We really need the President of the United States to make this a priority. We have to stop the breeches in the levy. We have to or we're going to lose New Orleans and lose thousands of people there. I believe that there are about 80,000 people trapped in the city right now and if we don't solve this problem, we will lose those people.

SOLEDAT: But the Army Corp. of Engineers, they're working on it. We spoke to them this morning. It seems that they are doing everything that they can do. What more should they be doing? What else can the President do?

BARETHEMLY: He can send the Army to help and resolve this. 3000 new troops are coming in. That's not enough. We did everything possible to help the people who were suffering from the tsunami. We have to make this a priority. We have to send the Army to stop this or we will lose New Orleans and we will lose 80,000 people, I believe.

SOLEDAT: [New Orleans] ...It sounds like a lot of elected officials are frustrated at and a lot of lack of coordination. There are no cell phones. It, also, seems like on that front there was no plan either. Who is in charge?

BARETHEMLY: Soledat, I think it's just overwhelming. I have to believe that the official are doing now all that they can do. They are using as many resources as they have. That's not enough. The President of the United States is the only person who has the resources to coordinate to bring in the troops to make this city a safe place, to solve the breeches in the levy. They're losing hope. Everything they're doing, the problem is not getting better; it's getting worse.

SOLEDAT: The President would say, listen, "We declared a disaster area before the storm even hit. I'm coming on Friday to take a look at the devastation in the region. What else do you want?"

BARETHEMLY: Friday may be too late, Soledat, we don't have that time to wait. We need him now. To send the troops now. If we can spend the monies we are spending to help the people in Iraq then we can do the same thing for New Orleans. This is a great country, we have tremendous resources. We have to make this a resolve because if New Orleans goes, it's going to have a devastation impact, not just on the people that live there, but on the rest of this nation.

SOLEDAT: Can we take a few minutes and talk about the Superdome. We've got about 20,000 angry, hot, tired, underfed people in disgusting conditions, I think it's fair to say. What should be done with them? The governor says we need to get them out now but the plan seems to be busses. I don't know how the busses will get out of the city. What do you do with them?

BARETHEMLY: Again, Soledat, that you have to send the resources in. The governor wants to do the right thing. She wants to evacuate. The mayor wants to evacuate. They do not have the resources. I don't know how you say that to the federal government: "This is a national disaster. We must save those people and save that city. That means sending the military in right now! We can't wait. We got to send the military in now who have the resources to save this city and save those people down there who are trapped!"

Video from CNN American Morning (Windows Media)

To find more information about the organizations that are coordinating efforts for New Orleans, Democratic Underground has provided an excellent list of Hurricane Disaster Relief Resources.

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By David Edwards on 8/29/2005 1:22pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards


On Sunday evening, Martin Sheen took the stage at Camp Casey II in Crawford to express his support for Cindy Sheehan and the cause that has brought so many protestors to President Bush's doorstep.

The Brad Show, the only radio show with live coverage of the evening's events, has part one of Martin Sheen's speech in available in the Operation Noble Cause archives.

The photo is from AlaskaGyrl.

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By David Edwards on 8/25/2005 2:59pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Here is a selection of some of the latest videos from Camp Casey.

Most cable networks carried this morning's press conference at Camp Casey. Cindy gave an update on her mother's condition and remarked about how the protest had grown while she was away.

Video (Windows Media)

On Wednesday night, Cindy spoke to the crowd of supporters and responded to personal attacks from the right-wing media. DemocracyNow! and LinkTV provided this video clip. The BRAD SHOW broadcasted the event live and The BRAD BLOG has made the entire audio of her speech available for download.

Video (Windows Media)

DemocracyNow! and LinkTV have also provided a short clip of Joan Baez performing at Camp Casey on Wednesday night.

Video (Windows Media)

The pro-war group Move America Forward claims to be a grassroots movement but Keith Olbermann has exposed their connections to the GOP on MSNBC. The group was actually started by the Republican party and still uses the same PR firm to this day. It's pretty sad when you don't even have enough support for a real grassroots movement. We wonder if the pro-war protesters are also paid by the Republican party.

CrooksandLiars has the Video

Toolz of the New School blog posted this interesting video of Move America Forward pro-war operatives verbally assaulting a peace activist. It appears that Rush Limbaugh's tactics are now on a GOP sponsored bus tour that will be arriving in Crawford this weekend. Once again, the right-wingers seize the "moral low ground."

Video (Windows Media)

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Reporter asks Bush about meeting with Sheehan
By David Edwards on 8/23/2005 9:31am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Bush answered questions from reporters this morning.
Again, he refused to meet with Cindy Sheehan.

Watch the video
(Windows Media format)

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By David Edwards on 8/22/2005 4:51pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

The American Research Group published the latest poll showing more bad news for President Bush.

George W. Bush's overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 33% approve and 62% disapprove.

Among Americans registered to vote, 38% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 56% disapprove, and 36% approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 60% disapprove.

This is the second month in a row when improving economic ratings have not been matched by higher job approval ratings for Bush. A total of 24% of Americans now say their personal financial situations are getting better, up from 17% in July, and 27% say they believe that their personal financial situations will be better off a year from now, which is up from 21% in July.

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Overall, 36% of Americans say that they approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president, 58% disapprove, and 6% are undecided.

Bush job approvalApproveDisapproveUndecided
Aug 200536%58%6%
July 200542%52%6%
Jun 200542%53%5%
May 200543%51%6%
Apr 200544%50%6%
Mar 200547%48%5%
Feb 200549%45%6%
Jan 200551%44%5%
Dec 200450%45%5%
Nov 200451%43%6%
Oct 2004 45%47%8%
Sep 200445%48%7%
Aug 200443%50%7%

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By David Edwards on 8/21/2005 2:10pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

The host of CNN's Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz, interviewed Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post this morning. Kurtz questioned Huffington on articles she has recently written on Cindy Sheehan, Judith Miller and the coverage of the Iraq war...

KURTZ: Let me just ask the question and then you can respond.

You said that some people on the right are sliming Cindy Sheehan, your word, and you say that Bill O'Reilly said that this kind of behavior borders on treasonous. But in that particular case what he said was, quote, "Other American families who have lost sons and daughters in Iraq feel that this kind of behavior borders on treasonous." So do you owe O'Reilly an apology on that point?

HUFFINGTON: No, absolutely not.

Listen, words like treasonous being used by O'Reilly, words like crackpot being used by Fred Barnes, Michelle Malkin trying to tell us what she believes Casey Sheehan would have thought about his mother --- you know, all that is completely inappropriate.

But more important than that, let me raise a point which has to do with the scrutinizing of her comments. I mean, if 10 percent of that kind of scrutiny was given to comments made by people who are actually making life and death decisions in this country, like Dick Cheney's "last throes" statement about the insurgency, like Condoleezza Rice's statement about the mushroom clouds, like "mission accomplished," all the ludicrous statements made by...

KURTZ: Hold on, hold on.

You're saying that the journalists in this country are giving far more scrutiny to Cindy Sheehan than to the vice president of the United States and the secretary of state, really?

HUFFINGTON: When it comes to ludicrous statements like the last throes, the insurgency being in its last throes, the statement that journalists should be scrutinizing every day, because it shows a massive disconnect between the reality in Iraq and the vice president of the United States.

Rice's statement about the imminent mushroom cloud before we invaded Iraq should be scrutinized every day as an example of how this woman and this administration misled this country to war.

These are incredibly significant statements that should be scrutinized instead of the statements that Cindy Sheehan, who does not claim to be a foreign policy expert, or who does not have any power to send people to war, has made over the last year.

Here is a video of the entire exchange between Huffington and Kurtz. (streaming Windows media)

A transcript is also available from CNN.

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By David Edwards on 8/21/2005 11:10am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Special prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, is investigating the outing CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. Suspicions have been solidly cast upon Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There is no doubt that the crime wasn't committed alone or without the help of others.

An article published today in the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, suggests that Patrick Fitzgerald's instincts are to root out corruption at the highest levels:

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has prosecuted mobsters, terrorists and even journalists. He has investigated and charged state and city officials in this notoriously crooked state with pit bull tenacity.

And always, he has methodically, inexorably pursued his investigations to target the man at the top of the organizational pyramid.
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The 6-foot, 2-inch, 215-pound former rugby player is considered one of the most aggressive and uncompromising prosecutors in the country.
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He won the high-profile job in Chicago when Illinois' maverick senator, Peter Fitzgerald, (no relation) recommended him to the White House as someone who would be "untouchable" --- a modern-day Elliot Ness --- by the political power brokers in the state.
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People who have watched Mr. Fitzgerald operate in Chicago, and before that as assistant U.S. Attorney in New York City, are not surprised by his zeal in pursuing the journalists. But don't expect him to stop there.

That's how he operates: Apply maximum pressure to reluctant witnesses in order to build an air-tight case against the most senior member of a criminal conspiracy.
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Cindy Canary, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, said Mr. Fitzgerald has "stepped up the pace of prosecutions tremendously" since taking the job in September, 2001.

"You get the sense that there are absolutely no sacred cows with him. He aims straight for the top."

Take a look at this August 8th video clip from PBS NewsHour for more background on Patrick Fitzgerald. (Windows Media format)

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HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher kicks off new season
By David Edwards on 8/20/2005 12:45pm PT  
Guest blogged by David Edwards

HBO premiered the new season of Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night. We are pleased to share this video clip with some highlights from the show.

Some of our favorite parts were Bill's jokes about Bush's reading habits, an interview with Paul Hackett, a hilarious rant about the debate over 'intelligent design' and, of course, Bill Maher's monologue. Chris Rock managed to squeeze in a few funny lines too.

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