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By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 4:15pm PT  

According to TVNewser, CNN plans to continue their "Liberal" ways by featuring 3 "Conservative" analysts/Bushies and just one countering voice.

From Media Matters' coverage:

According to the weblog TVNewser, CNN's January 31 coverage of President Bush's State of the Union address will feature three conservative commentators but only one progessive commentator. The January 31 TVNewser post, which detailed the State of the Union "coverage plans" for the major cable and broadcast news networks, indicated that CNN will feature former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, former Bush administration official Victoria Clarke, and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK). Democratic strategist Paul Begala is the only progressive commentator scheduled to appear on CNN, according to TVNewser.

CNN has recently come under criticism for their continued lurch to the far right as they've hired both Bennett and Watts as a "analysts", and contracted with Right Wingnut/Radio Personality Glenn Beck to provide him with his own primetime show on the formerly-reputable-ish CNN Headline News channel.

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Jim Cramer on Diebold: 'A House of Pain'
By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 3:33pm PT  

"That company is just not for me. ... I think it's a House of Pain"
-- Mad Money's Jim Cramer on Diebold, Inc., 1/12/06

Today we begin to seem more evidence of that pain as Diebold, the unAmerican mega-corporation that believes in privatizing our public elections, and keeping the results of those elections as their own "trade secret", had their quarterly earnings call today.

AP reported on their announced "76% decline in fourth-quarter earnings". What a shame.

You can listen to the audio from the 4th quarter conference call here. I haven't had time to listen yet as I'm climbing a mountain of things I'm working on and catching up with. If you listen to it, and hear anything notable, please let me know!

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By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 4:20pm PT  

Samuel Alito owes a debt of gratitude to the following Democrats who have allowed his confirmation to proceed to a vote tomorrow, virtually guaranteeing that he'll become the next new Justice of the Supreme Court where he will sit for decades.

What you owe the following people, we'll leave for you to determine...

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Conrad (D-ND)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)

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Fourth Quarter '05 Earns Them Largest Profit EVER for a U.S. Company!
By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 3:30pm PT  

Who says America isn't a great nation?!

From AP...

Exxon Mobil Corp. posted record profits for any U.S. company on Monday $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter and $36.13 billion for the year as the world's biggest publicly traded oil company benefited from high oil and natural-gas prices and solid demand for refined products.

Keep pumpin' America! And be happy about it!

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Open Thread to Take Your Country Back!
[UPDATED] Cloture Passes, Filibuster Fails...72 to 25
By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 11:05am PT  

UPDATE: Only 25 Senators voted to continue the debate over Sam Alito by voting NO on "Cloture". Thus, the filibuster ends, and Samuel Alito will likely be confirmed tomorrow morning in time for King George to shove him up America's ass in time for the State of the Union speech tomorrow night. Bless all of you patriots who care about our country and were willing to fight for it no matter the outcome. In particular, thanks to The Young Turks for setting an example of what a "noble cause" actually looks like. Still busy in large part today, but I'll try to post a list soon of those Senators who deserve the support of nobody in America ever again. History will not forget them. Shame.


Unfortunately, I've got some pre-scheduled appointments throughout the day, which is going to make it difficult for me to cover the play-by-play of the attempted filibuster of Alito. So please feel free to use comments in this thread to Be the Media today, while I do my best to come in and out.

If ever there was a time for Dems to step up and fight for this country, to draw a line in the sand against George W. Bush's extremist takeover of the government and his hatred of American Values it is now!

Keep listening to The Young Turks who continue to filibuster on air. You can watch their live video feed here. Live audio feeds are here and here.

At this hour (1:58p ET), C-SPAN lists the tally of announced intentions for Alito Confirmation as YES: 57 NO: 35. The vote for "Cloture" (ending of the debate, and thus ending the filibuster) is scheduled for 4:30p ET. It takes 60 YES votes by Republicans and turncoat Democrats to end the filibuster.

Keep calling Senators constantly to share your opinions if you care about the future of this country and feel that George W. Bush does not deserve unrestrained Executive powers! Phone numbers are available here.

Add any other thoughts or info you have here in comments...

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By Brad Friedman on 1/29/2006 3:17pm PT  

This toon ran today, but is a flashback from 2004 as I recall. Unfortunately, it's still as appropriate today as it was then...

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The Young Turks Save America All Weekend Long!
Brad Guests Hosts LIVE Again Sunday Night 9p-Midnight PT (Midnight-3am ET)
By Brad Friedman on 1/29/2006 12:26pm PT  

Had a great time Guest Hosting Saturday for The Young Turks who are staying on air around the clock --- filibustering for a filibuster --- until at least Monday afternoon.

SPREAD THE WORD!!! "We the People!" Remember?!

I'll be sitting in again for them on Sunday night from 9p-Midnight PT (Midnight-3am ET!), so they can get a few hours rest. Please stay up for a little late-night filibuster with Brad! Watch me via the video-cast from the Turks website if you dare, or listen to the Audio-only via or (Where they've got lower bandwidth streams for dial-up users as well)! Call into the show to help filibuster at 323-866-8201!

But, more importantly, call into the Senate and let your Senators know you expect them to stand up and fight for America! 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. More info and number at, and

Also, Sunday, hosts from Air America, Thom Hartmann will be Guest Hosting from 1p-3p PT, followed by Mike Malloy 3p-5p PT. Young Turks sprinkled in between (I think) until I show up for the 9p PT shift.

Spread the word! We're making the world's first ad hoc MSM network this weekend! :-)

UPDATE: Guests tonight to include David Swanson of, Democratic Communications Consultant Richard Greene & Larisa Alexandrovna of RAW STORY!

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By John Gideon on 1/29/2006 8:18am PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon, of VotersUnite and VoteTrustUSA

The "DVN Top 5" is a feature in the weekly voting newsletter of VoteTrustUSA. The January 23 edition can be found here. The selection of what will be the "Top 5" for each week and where it goes on the list is all mine. The fact that you may disagree with my choices is great because it shows that you have been reading the DVN articles that I've posted throughout the week here on The BRAD BLOG!...

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By David Edwards on 1/29/2006 8:05am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Chris Wallace interviewed Howard Dean on Fox News Sunday earlier today.

Dean sticks to his guns on illegal wiretaps and calls for the President to release all Abramoff records from the White House.

Chris Wallace, once again, asserted that Democrats are largely tainted with Abramoff money. Of course, Wallace ignores this non-partisan study that the great majority of contributions from Abramoff clients largely went to Republicans

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By John Gideon on 1/28/2006 5:33pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of and VoteTrustUSA.Org

There is not much news on the web today. The big news may be the filing of legislation in Maryland to require a voter verified paper record. This after the news that the State Election Director is beginning to question Diebold regarding their software security problems. Note: 'Daily Voting News' will be on hiatus Sunday and Monday. We will be back on Tuesday evening....

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By John Gideon on 1/27/2006 8:55pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Does AccuPoll have problems? They had a sure contract with Lebanon Co., PA but notified the county that they could not supply the machines required in the contract which forced the county to turn to their second choice in ES&S iVotronic. Are some of these companies over extended and might they all get to a point where none of them can supply all of the voting machines they are contracting for?...

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Follow Your Conscience, not the Mainstream Media!
Call, Write, Fax...Stand Up Against an Unchecked Power Grab by the Executive Branch!
By Brad Friedman on 1/27/2006 7:55pm PT  

Oddly enough, John Kerry offers inspiration at the moment (whoddathunkit?):

"I hear the arguments: Reserve your gunpowder for the future. What is the future if it changes so dramatically at this moment in time? What happens to those people who count on us to stand up and protect them now, not later, not at some future time?

"This is the choice for the Court now. I reject those notions that there ought to somehow be some political calculus about the future. This impact is going to be now. This choice is now. This ideological direction is defined now."

The Democratic Daily has more, including audio of Kerry's full speech.

The best complete coverage of action resources for the moment comes from Bob Fertik, who's all over it. See his pages here and here for all the numbers and details of who to call and fax, etc. and who to not bother with.

And remember, the burden is on Alito's supporters to get 60 votes to end debate (a Yes vote on Cloture), as opposed to the Dems to come up with 41 to sustain it (filibuster). A Dem who doesn't necessarily support filibuster, but is interested in keeping their job come November, can simply abstain from the vote on Cloture and no harm will be done. Those in favor of an unchecked and unrestrained Executive Rule for George W. Bush must come up with 60 matter how you hear the GOP and the Mainstream Media frame it otherwise.

Also remember, last week at this time, there was "no chance of a filibuster". So who ya gonna believe? Get busy if you give a damn. You get to decide what will happen to your country! Not the AP, not Wolf Blitzer and certainly not the Democrats who would miscalculate that "playing it safe" now will get them anything in either '06 or '08. For once, John Kerry is right.

UPDATE: One more thought...if there was ever a time that this country could use a "consensus nominee" for the Supreme Court it is now. We hope that Dems and Reps will keep that in mind while they play politics pointing to the Reps support of Ginsberg during Clinton's presidency, but fail to mention that Clinton conferred with Republicans prior to the nomination and received Orin Hatch's approval for her. Hopefully the Dems will find the stones to demand such a nominee from Mr. Uniter-notta-Divider --- at least until Bush himself is run out of town for good.

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By Brad Friedman on 1/27/2006 2:20pm PT  

From the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll out yesterday...

Fifty-eight percent described [Bush's] second term as a failure. At the same point in former President Bill Clinton's presidency, 70 percent of those surveyed by Gallup said they considered it a success and 20 percent a failure.
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By David Edwards on 1/27/2006 1:52pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Prepare for the lies...

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By John Gideon on 1/26/2006 5:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of and VoteTrustUSA.Org

In an expected move today GA Gov. Perdue signed the repressive Voter ID bill completely ignoring real election fraud in favor of minor, and mostly unproven voter fraud. In AZ the ACLU has joined the fray asking for a voter verified paper trail and also asking the SoS for an investigation in the District 20 election mess. And from PA we hear that a Republican Congressman has announced he is filing a bill that will delay some parts of HAVA in order to assist states....

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