Follow & Support The BRAD BLOG!
&

Latest Featured Reports | Friday, August 29, 2014
'Green News Report' 8/28/14
  w/ Brad & Desi
BP refinery explodes. Again.; UN report warns of 'irreversible' warming; Fines for oil, chem spills; 22% of world elec. is now green; PLUS: People's Climate March coming to NYC...
Previous GNRs: 8/26/14 - 8/21/14 - Archives...
Faking the Ferguson Docs:
KPFK 'BradCast'
Brad interviews open records advocate Charlie Grapski on his evidence that Ferguson and St. Louis County police are illegally withholding evidence in the killing of Michael Brown; Plus MUCH more...
Records Requests Suggest Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Involved in Cover-Up
How else to explain the missing details and required documentation of Officer Darren Wilson's killing of Michael Brown?...
'Green News Report' 8/26/14
  w/ Brad & Desi
Napa earthquake is a warning for CA's nuke plants; Another coal plant bites the dust; Cutting emissions will save $$$; PLUS: Fighting drought with a 'salmon cannon'...Yep...
Previous GNRs: 8/21/14 - 8/19/14 - Archives...
Our Story So Far: The WI GOP Photo ID Voting Restrictions
Trouble keeping up with all the court cases barring, then allowing, then barring the GOP's Photo ID voting restrictions in Wisconsin? Let us catch you up quickly with the latest...
Siegelman Judge, Arrested For Beating His Wife, May Avoid Prosecution Altogether
U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller checks in for 'treatment', may be able to duck prosecution...
Obama Orders Review of Police Militarization Program
In response to bi-partisan calls for reform and disturbing display by militarized local police in Ferguson, MO, the President takes aim at controversial Pentagon program...
Ryan Dismisses Elderly Voter's Question About His Medicare Cuts
2012 GOP Veep nom and 2016 hopeful 'charms' elderly voters in FL, by ignoring them...
Perry Tells NH Businessmen His Felony Indictment Was for a 'Bribery' Charge
Is this another 'oops' moment from the Repub TX Governor and 2016 hopeful? Or something else entirely?...
'Green News Report' 8/21/14
Too much rain in AZ desert; Another toxic spill in Ohio River; Solar breakthrough; Wind energy prices hit all-time low; PLUS: Auto-magically cleaning up Baltimore Harbor...
Rep. Hank Johnson on Ferguson and Demilitarizing the Police: KPFK 'BradCast'
The Democratic U.S. Congressman from Georgia's 4th district joins Bradto discuss his new bill...
Republicans Call Ferguson Voter Registration 'Disgusting'
Rightwingers decry effort 'to register Democratic voters' following the killing of Michael Brown...
Seriously, Ferguson Police?
The front page of the Post-Dispatch reminds again how ridiculous the era of post-9/11 Wars has become; Plus: another comparison to the Bundy Bunch...
'Green News Report' 8/19/14
OR nixes coal export facility; July 2014 4th hottest; Fracking industry illegally using diesel, threatening water; PLUS GOP officials secretly accept climate science...
NATIONWIDE STUDY FINDS ALMOST NO VOTER FRAUD
Just 10 cases of in-person impersonation in all 50 states since 2000...
VIDEO: 'Rise of the Tea Bags'
Brad interviews American patriots...
'Democracy's Gold Standard'
Hand-marked, hand-counted ballots...
Brad's Upcoming Appearances
(All times listed as PACIFIC TIME unless noted)
Media Appearance Archives...
'Special Coverage' Archives
GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal 2012...
VA GOP VOTER REG FRAUDSTER OFF HOOK
Felony charges dropped against VA Republican caught trashing voter registrations before last year's election. Did GOP AG, Prosecutor conflicts of interest play role?...

Criminal GOP Voter Registration Fraud Probe Expanding in VA
State investigators widening criminal probe of man arrested destroying registration forms, said now looking at violations of law by Nathan Sproul's RNC-hired firm...

DOJ PROBE SOUGHT AFTER VA ARREST
Arrest of RNC/Sproul man caught destroying registration forms brings official calls for wider criminal probe from compromised VA AG Cuccinelli and U.S. AG Holder...

Arrest in VA: GOP Voter Reg Scandal Widens
'RNC official' charged on 13 counts, for allegely trashing voter registration forms in a dumpster, worked for Romney consultant, 'fired' GOP operative Nathan Sproul...

ALL TOGETHER: ROVE, SPROUL, KOCHS, RNC
His Super-PAC, his voter registration (fraud) firm & their 'Americans for Prosperity' are all based out of same top RNC legal office in Virginia...

LATimes: RNC's 'Fired' Sproul Working for Repubs in 'as Many as 30 States'
So much for the RNC's 'zero tolerance' policy, as discredited Republican registration fraud operative still hiring for dozens of GOP 'Get Out The Vote' campaigns...

'Fired' Sproul Group 'Cloned', Still Working for Republicans in At Least 10 States
The other companies of Romney's GOP operative Nathan Sproul, at center of Voter Registration Fraud Scandal, still at it; Congressional Dems seek answers...

FINALLY: FOX ON GOP REG FRAUD SCANDAL
The belated and begrudging coverage by Fox' Eric Shawn includes two different video reports featuring an interview with The BRAD BLOG's Brad Friedman...

COLORADO FOLLOWS FLORIDA WITH GOP CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
Repub Sec. of State Gessler ignores expanding GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal, rants about evidence-free 'Dem Voter Fraud' at Tea Party event...

CRIMINAL PROBE LAUNCHED INTO GOP VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD SCANDAL IN FL
FL Dept. of Law Enforcement confirms 'enough evidence to warrant full-blown investigation'; Election officials told fraudulent forms 'may become evidence in court'...

Brad Breaks PA Photo ID & GOP Registration Fraud Scandal News on Hartmann TV
Another visit on Thom Hartmann's Big Picture with new news on several developing Election Integrity stories...

CAUGHT ON TAPE: COORDINATED NATIONWIDE GOP VOTER REG SCAM
The GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal reveals insidious nationwide registration scheme to keep Obama supporters from even registering to vote...

CRIMINAL ELECTION FRAUD COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST GOP 'FRAUD' FIRM
Scandal spreads to 11 FL counties, other states; RNC, Romney try to contain damage, split from GOP operative...

RICK SCOTT GETS ROLLED IN GOP REGISTRATION FRAUD SCANDAL
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) sends blistering letter to Gov. Rick Scott (R) demanding bi-partisan reg fraud probe in FL; Slams 'shocking and hypocritical' silence, lack of action...

VIDEO: Brad Breaks GOP Reg Fraud Scandal on Hartmann TV
Breaking coverage as the RNC fires their Romney-tied voter registration firm, Strategic Allied Consulting...

RNC FIRES NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION FIRM FOR FRAUD
After FL & NC GOP fire Romney-tied group, RNC does same; Dead people found reg'd as new voters; RNC paid firm over $3m over 2 months in 5 battleground states...

EXCLUSIVE: Intvw w/ FL Official Who First Discovered GOP Reg Fraud
After fraudulent registration forms from Romney-tied GOP firm found in Palm Beach, Election Supe says state's 'fraud'-obsessed top election official failed to return call...

GOP REGISTRATION FRAUD FOUND IN FL
State GOP fires Romney-tied registration firm after fraudulent forms found in Palm Beach; Firm hired 'at request of RNC' in FL, NC, VA, NV & CO...
The Secret Koch Brothers Tapes...

By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 6:48pm PT  

(Tip of the hat to Fin at "What We Know")

ReddIt this story!



Condi Lies Again!
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 6:10pm PT  

This morning on CNN's Late Edition Condi Rice was asked about her September 2002 statement to CNN, during the buildup to the War on Iraq, when she told America about Iraq's attempts to procure "high-quality aluminum tubes that are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs." (That was the same day she'd also said "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.")

Her reply to being confronted today about that statement two years ago was, of course, to obfuscate the issue by saying "Well, at that time, when I came on your show, I knew there was some debate out there. But I tell you, I did not know the nature of the debate."

Never mind that The New York Times reports today that for a year prior to her initial statement on CNN her office had been told otherwise:

But almost a year before, Ms. Rice's staff had been told that the government's foremost nuclear experts seriously doubted that the tubes were for nuclear weapons, according to four officials at the Central Intelligence Agency and two senior administration officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. The experts, at the Energy Department, believed the tubes were likely intended for small artillery rockets.

The White House, though, embraced the disputed theory that the tubes were for nuclear centrifuges, an idea first championed in April 2001 by a junior analyst at the C.I.A. Senior nuclear scientists considered that notion implausible, yet in the months after 9/11, as the administration built a case for confronting Iraq, the centrifuge theory gained currency as it rose to the top of the government.

Senior administration officials repeatedly failed to fully disclose the contrary views of America's leading nuclear scientists.

There is a ton of information out there (just search the Whitehouse's website for "tubes" and you'll find the tip of the iceberg) on how they were selling the whole "Saddam/Nuclear Weapons" business to the American people in TV appearances, briefings, speeches and even to the U.N. in addresses by both Powell and Bush. They seemed to always leave the part out about how it was the idea of one junior analyst and was at odds with their Senior nuclear scientists. This White House has never much cared for scientists.

As I'm researching all of this, since Rice seemed to be lying yet again today, I come across this statement at the Whitehouse website. Rice is being interviewed on July 30, 2003 by Jim Lehrer after the end of "major hostilities" in Iraq when no WMD's were showing up. He asks her about Saddam's supposed nuclear weapons programs and the now infamous tubes that helped sell the American people on the war. At the end of what we now know was just more obfuscation and nonsense from her, she says to him:

It was a case that said, he is trying to reconstitute. He's trying to acquire nuclear weapons. Nobody ever said that it was going to be the next year.

Isn't that funny? Look what George W. Bush said in his now infamous speech to the U.N. back on September 12, 2002 (just days after Condi's initial lie about the tubes on CNN):

[Iraq] retains physical infrastructure needed to build a nuclear weapon. Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon. Should Iraq acquire fissile material, it would be able to build a nuclear weapon within a year.

Can anybody explain to me why this woman wasn't fired years ago?! Why they let her out of her cage to continue misleading people on CNN even today? (Both rhetorical questions, we all know the answers by now...if they'd fired everybody they should have for the debacles of these past four years, there would be no Republicans left to run the government.) Unbelievable.

Anyway, we'd expect nothing less from the woman who also said on today's interview, in regards to Bush's debate performance last week: "[He did] a fine job of showing the American people why he is the leader he is and why he is the leader to carry us through."

On that we sort of agree, Condi. He did a fine job indeed.

Four more weeks! Four more weeks! Four more weeks!

ReddIt this story!



Wingnuts Still Searching for Cause of Dubya's Debate Defeat
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 2:37pm PT  

If you've missed the latest buzz, the wingnuts, having gone frame-by-frame over last week's debate searching for Bush's credibility, have now decided that Kerry cheated by pulling "something that appears to be white and appears to have a straight edge" from his pocket at the top of the debate in violation of the agreed upon debate rules.

Never mind that Dubya was the only one to clearly break the rules the other night (by talking directly to Kerry), but now thanks to Yelladog who seems to have been able to use some advance technology to zoom in with great detail on the video, the mystery is now over about what Kerry actually pulled out of his pocket.

ReddIt this story!



...or the Price of Freedom.
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 1:41pm PT  

A personal-ish side note...Over the last couple of months, traffic to the BRAD BLOG has steadily increased tremendously. And with it, much more of my time has been devoted to keeping readers here up to date with the latest and hopefully most interesting, enlightening and entertaining information and links as I come across them.

While we've had enough traffic here for some time to warrant the addition of Advertisements on the site, I've been somewhat loathe to do so for several reasons. For a start, I kinda enjoy the independence of being beholden to no one concerning content. Could I still enjoy that --- and the appearance of same --- if, for example, the Kerry Campaign decided to place an ad here? I also think it's nice to have a clean and simple format not cluttered up with a bunch of ads, though I'd like to believe I could add them in a way that wouldn't be too distracting from the content.

The time and focus it now requires to stay on the ball --- particularly between now and Nov 2nd --- continues to grow however. Thus, I've added the target="paypal">"SUPPORT THE BRAD BLOG" link where you can click to make a personal contribution via PayPal if you're so inclined. Feel free, of course, to use it any time! It's up on the top-right over there! :-) Here it is again...

Beyond that however, do you, BRAD BLOG readers, have any thoughts on the issue of Advertisements here one way or another?

The personal donations are great, when they come in, but they are currently a far cry from what is needed to keep this place up and rolling as I believe it's important to do. Ads might fill some of that gap, but I would like to hear if any of you have any thoughts about it before I go any further along that direction. Feel free to comment here or email me your thoughts.

ReddIt this story!



By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 1:23pm PT  

A couple of fun videos for an easy Sunday...Click and enjoy...

"HOW BUSH DID - The essence of his performance, in strict chronological sequence". A hysterical compilation from last week's debate. Click to view. (Requires Windows Media Player)

"How do you run a convention on a record of failure? 9/11 baby!" The Republican Convention and GOP Platform summarized in one swell compilation. Click to view. (Requires QuickTime)

Bush/Cheney '04: Don't forget Poland!

ReddIt this story!



Got something to hide, boys?
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 8:34pm PT  

Can you spot the picture of George W. Bush on the front page of the GOP's website?

How about here at George W. Bush's own official website?

Ironically, the Right has been charging for months that the only thing Dems have going for them is that their candidate is not Bush. Yet, what do those two graphics tell you about how the Republicans hope to defeat Kerry? It certainly ain't by publicizing their candidate!

(Feel free to compare to Kerry's official site, or that of the DNC.)

ReddIt this story!



Think Again.
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 7:46pm PT  

I realize it's somewhat "off-message" to raise expectations for this Tuesday's Veep Debate in St. Louis, but I try to call 'em as I see 'em.

While the Lamestream Media has been carrying the water for the Right by echoing the "Where's John Edwards?" mantra of late, the fact is Edwards has been out there campaigning every day. But the Media has chosen to show pictures of John Kerry's tan, Dick Cheney's smarm and George W. Bush's misleading ads instead.

I had the good fortune to tune into ABC News Now last night (this morning) at around 4am where they were carrying a John Edwards rally in Ohio uncut and unedited. And lemme tell ya, it was a stemwinder! Edwards had the facts down hard and the crowd leaping to their feet every three minutes.

Anybody who thinks Edwards' is an empty suit with nice teeth is likely gonna be in for yet another surprise this Tuesday. He absolutely knocked the cover off the ball in that rally.

Unfortunately, I was unable to find a link to the video of rally over at C-SPAN. If anyone has it, feel free to share.

(REMINDER: Once again we'll be having an Open Thread here during the debate on Tuesday! Please join us to toss in your play-by-play impressions during the big show!)

ReddIt this story!



Honoring the Dead
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:58pm PT  

A few months ago, I reported on the obit I'd found while in Washington state of a WWII veteran whose last request was to defeat George W. Bush this fall.

Looks like it's now officially a trend. The obituary of a Wisconsin woman, Jane Buffett, has just done the same:

"Jane was outraged that any politician who would cut back cancer treatment options for Social Security recipients, who would invade a foreign country and then expect her grandchildren to pay the bills, could claim to be a 'compassionate conservative.' Once he became the nominee, she saw John Kerry as the candidate who would most conserve everything she valued. Jane fought to live long enough to be able to vote this November. To honor her memory, please do everything you can to elect John Kerry."

And while researching the story, I came across the story of another woman in Wisconsin who did similarly and who was apparently an inspiration for Ms. Buffett. Sally Baron's obituary from August of 2003 concluded:

"Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush."

Let's remember to properly honor the dead this November 2nd, shall we?

ReddIt this story!



By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:22pm PT  


Click
to view ad. Requires Quicktime.

ReddIt this story!



By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:06pm PT  

A few moments from the debate the other night were just bizarre. Here's just a few that I recall:

Bush on Parental Advice...

KERRY: ...I acknowledge that his daughters --- I've watched them. I've chuckled a few times at some of their comments. And...

BUSH: I'm trying to put a leash on them.

KERRY: Well, I know. I've learned not to do that.

Bush on the widow of a man killed in Iraq (is the woman an OB-GYN, by any chance?)...

BUSH:...You know, it's hard work to try to love her as best as I can...

Bush on Iranian mullahs...Transcript modified here to demonstrate Bush's actual pronunciation of the word...

BUSH: ...On Iran, I hope we can do the same thing, continue to work with the world to convince the Iranian mooo-lahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions.

We worked very closely with the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Great Britain, who have been the folks delivering the message to the mooo-lahs...

And finally, Bush accidentally tells the truth...(thanks Amir for this one!)

I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made.

Got any other favorites? Share 'em in Comments. Here's the official Debate #1 Transcript for your reading pleasure.

ReddIt this story!



By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 5:47pm PT  

As Kerry whips past Bush in the polls, it's certainly no thanks to the supposedly "Liberal" media who have stacked everything against the Democrat as usual. I'm catching up on a few items today from this week when our server went down. So, with all the media bias (read the previous 9 or 10 items here!) against Kerry, here's one take on that from an E.J. Dionne column last week:

There is one good thing about President Bush's new advertisement showing John Kerry windsurfing: Kerry does enjoy windsurfing.

That alone puts the ad on a higher plane of truthfulness than many of the statements the president regularly makes on the campaign trail. A press corps that relentlessly nitpicked Al Gore in 2000 in search of "little lies" and exaggerations has given Bush wide latitude to make things up. I guess the incumbent benefits from the soft bigotry of low expectations.

ReddIt this story!



By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 5:27pm PT  

ReddIt this story!



Debate Performance Begins to Set the Record Straight!
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 5:25pm PT  

The first full post-debate poll is in. From Newsweek. Kerry up 49% over Bush's 46% in a two- man race. And Kerry 47% over Bush's 45% in a three-man race with Nader factored in.

In the previous Newsweek poll, Bush had led Kerry by 5 or 6 points (depending on Nader in the question) and now Kerry leads Bush by 2 to 3 points. You can do the math.

Of course, the "Liberals" over at MSNBC, who run the Newsweek website, have the headline on their front page "KERRY BOOST: Poll Shows Democrat Even with Bush after Debate". Sigh...

ReddIt this story!



Elections Chief Glenda Hood Gets Busy for George W. Bush
Pay Attention!
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 3:38pm PT  

After reading this Fox News story on "Gaffs Could Prevent Voting in Florida" as Jeb Bush's hand-picked Election Surpervisor Glenda Hood gets to work, please keep in mind last week's statement from Jimmy Carter.

The esteemed former President Jimmy Carter, who's Carter Center has monitored some 50 elections under difficult circumstances around the world, was asked after 2000 to head a Blue Ribbon commission with Gerald Ford to study what went wrong in Florida, and how to fix it.

The Carter/Ford recommendations were made, but yesterday he said in The Washington Post that the recommended reforms have still not been implemented.

As well, he pointed to continued rampant bias from top Florida Election officials who are also a part of the Bush/Cheney campaign, the purging of thousands of ballots in 2000, and the "fumbling attempt" that was "made recently to disqualify 22,000 African Americans (likely Democrats), but only 61 Hispanics (likely Republicans), as alleged felons."

Read the whole piece, it's short and to the point. But his final words, are certainly of note:

Jeb Bush, naturally a strong supporter of his brother, has taken no steps to correct these departures from principles of fair and equal treatment or to prevent them in the future.

It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral practices in any nation. It is especially objectionable among us Americans, who have prided ourselves on setting a global example for pure democracy. With reforms unlikely at this late stage of the election, perhaps the only recourse will be to focus maximum public scrutiny on the suspicious process in Florida.

Consider the "maximum public scrutiny" under way, Mr. President. And thank you again for being a great --- and honest --- American! Now prepare to be disparaged, disrespected called a liar and an America Hater by anyone who doesn't like what you had to say.

ReddIt this story!



Cuticle Carl Cameron Keeps Shoveling Roger Ailes Horseshit
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 3:27pm PT  

It's really unbelievable. If you've read anything here of late on the many out and out lies of Fox News, it's incredible that not only are they not held accountable as a "news organization" for those lies (not mistakes, mind you, as in the Rather case, but simply bald-faced lies) that they are never held accountable for anything. Even by those folks who were so "outraged" by the Rather case and called for his resignation and suggested that CBS no longer has credibility about anything.

Well, guess what? Even after Carl Cameron (Chief campaign correspondent for Fox, wife works for George W. Bush, and assigned by Fox to cover Kerry's campaign) simply made up fake Kerry quotes and posted them to the Fox website yesterday, he's still at it today as Atrios notes.

Yes, a known 527 parody group set up by Republicans is calling themselves "Communists for Kerry" was interviewed by Cuticle Carl who filed a report today filled with quotes from this fake group such as: "Even though he, too, is a capitalist, he supports my socialist values more than President Bush ... The North Koreans are my comrades to a point, and I'm sure they support Comrade Kerry, too."

It's just amazing. See the Atrios story --- especially you Rightwing hypocrites who dare read this Blog and yet still offer your bullshit mock outrage about Rather --- for full details. Anything to win. No moral compass necessary.

Are there any wingnuts here with the stones to publically call for the immediate resignation of Carl Cameron who has been allowed to continue covering Kerry even after both of these stories?

ReddIt this story!



Total Pages (15):
« Newest ... « 9 10 11 12 13 [14] 15 »

Support The BRAD BLOG
Please visit our advertisers




Spend your advertising dollars wisely! And support the good guys at the same time! or Advertise with the good guys! We're it!












Support The BRAD BLOG
Please visit our advertisers
Brad Friedman's
The BRAD BLOG



Recent Entries

Archives
Important Docs
Categories

A Few Great Blogs
Political Cartoonists

Follow The BRAD BLOG on Twitter! Follow The BRAD BLOG on Facebook!
Add to Google
BRAD BLOG RSS 2.0 FEED
Please Help Support The BRAD BLOG...
ONE TIME ONLY
any amount you like...
$
MONTHLY SUPPORT
any amount you like...
$
Or by Snail Mail
Make check out to...
Brad Friedman
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #594
Los Angeles, CA 90028

The BRAD BLOG receives no foundational or corporate support. Your contributions make it possible to continue our work.
About Brad Friedman...
Brad is an independent investigative
journalist, blogger, broadcaster,
VelvetRevolution.us co-founder,
expert on issues of election integrity,
and a Commonweal Institute Fellow.

Brad has contributed chapters to these books...


...And is featured in these documentary films...

Our Radio Shows...

Additional Stuff...
Brad Friedman/The BRAD BLOG Named...
Buzz Flash's 'Wings of Justice' Honoree
Project Censored 2010 Award Recipient
The 2008 Weblog Awards



Wikio - Top of the Blogs - Politics

Other Brad Related Places...

Admin
Brad's Test Area
(Ignore below! It's a test!)

All Content & Design Copyright © Brad Friedman unless otherwise specified. All rights reserved.
Advertiser Privacy Policy | The BradCast logo courtesy of Rock Island Media.
www.BradBlog.com