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By Brad Friedman on 5/3/2005 10:35pm PT  

Catching up in a brief "off the road" moment with another item from the good Mr. Conyers' blog posted yesterday.

Some months ago he promised not to let go of the Election Reform issue. As far as we can tell, he has kept that promise --- without fail --- each and every moment since then.

From his latest public volley yesterday:

51% IS NOT A MANDATE
Especially When All the Votes Were Not Counted

The mainstream media seems to be waking up to the idea that all of the post-election talk about a mandate was just that: talk. Under the understated headline, "Doubts About Mandate for Bush, GOP," the Washington Post reports that the President's poll numbers are plummeting, his social security privatization plan and cuts are unpopular, and Congressional Republicans are abusing their power and are, likewise, very unpopular. They conclude that maybe there was never a mandate after all. In other words, they conclude "the main question facing Bush and his party is whether they misread the November elections."
...
The second point is the continued disregard of the most obvious explanation for these low poll numbers by the mainstream media. They wonder: how can a President, just re-elected, have such low poll numbers and hold positions on the issues that are so unpopular? Is he already a lame duck? Better questions: was he just re-elected legitimately, or was voter suppression and machine malfunction or malfeasance used to manipulate election results? In other words, maybe these polls, rather than our broken election system, better reflect the true will of the people.

On the money, as usual, Congressman.

But allow us also to include this mouth-watering notion also from his same blog item:

I very much want to be the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in 2007 so that we can bring back checks and balances to our government, and restore accountability. There may be a wave developing that will make that happen.

While we do not know if Conyers was referring to anything in particular beyond the current tanking approval ratings for Bush and Cronies, we have some early word ourselves about a coming wave (perhaps a tsunami even) which may be coming ashore soon. Even within the next 24 hours or so...

We'd recommend you keep an eye on The BRAD BLOG over that period for a few details as we're able to release them...

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By Winter Patriot on 5/3/2005 6:40pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

It's always nice to find a website that features plenty of talk about freedom, democracy and the press. But it's a special treat when you can actually see these things in action.

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MEMO Reveals Secret US/British Plans For War On Iraq --- And PROVES BUSH LIED!!
It Was Written Long Before Bush Took His 'Case For War' To Congress!!!
By Winter Patriot on 5/3/2005 1:09pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The major media may be busy trying to find a runaway bride or drooling over lurid details of the trial of a former pop music star, but Congressman John Conyers is not about to let these vital non-issues detract attention from the most serious story of the day. It figures!!

Rep. Conyers has written an open letter to president bush asking some very pointed questions, as detailed in this piece from our friends at The Raw Story !! Conyers doesn't mess around with small-talk, either. The letter begins:

Dear Mr. President:

We write because of troubling revelations in the Sunday London Times apparently confirming that the United States and Great Britain had secretly agreed to attack Iraq in the summer of 2002, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action. While various individuals have asserted this to be the case before, including Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Richard Clarke, a former National Security Council official, they have been previously dismissed by your Administration. However, when this story was divulged last weekend, Prime Minister Blair's representative claimed the document contained "nothing new." If the disclosure is accurate, it raises troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war as well as the integrity of your own Administration.

The remainder of the letter follows...

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GANNON / GUCKERT HITS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA AT LAST!!
TO: Carol Towarnicky, Philly News --- TAKE A BOW!!!
By Winter Patriot on 5/2/2005 9:06pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

It's out now! The Gannon/Guckert story is out in the mainstream!!

And it ain't pretty.

IF A REPORTER who doubled as a gay hooker had visited the Clinton White House nearly 200 times, think it would have made the news?

If "Jeff Gannon"/James D. Guckert had been unveiled, so to speak, as a liberal imposter who lobbed softball questions at Clinton administration press briefings, he would be as infamous as Michael Schiavo.

And if 39 of those White House visits were mysteriously unrelated to his "reporting" duties, imagine what innuendoes would be issuing forth from Planet Limbaugh. Imagine the organized phone call campaign demanding newspapers and TV stations report the story.

Thus wrote Carol Towarnicky, of the Philadelphia News, in a piece published Monday.

E-mail a quick Thank You to Carol Towarnicky.

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(...and at least twice as many since the death of the American News Media.)
By Brad Friedman on 5/2/2005 9:02pm PT  

And on we go into Year Three! Let's just hope it's as "catastrophically successful" as the first two!

A dose of reality for those who've been told that a Runaway Bride was the most newsworthy item this week.

(Seriously, I hate this shit.)

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By Brad Friedman on 5/2/2005 7:34pm PT  

Oddly enough, the Progressive Movement salutes Tom DeLay as well! Go figure!

And then there's this from the WaPo piece today which suggests this "salute" is actually a "wave goodbye" (do ya think?):

"We appreciate his strong leadership and we think he is the key to the president's agenda," says the Free Congress Foundation's Paul Weyrich, one of the host committee members for the DeLay dinner.

Oddly enough, the Progressive Movement thinks Tom DeLay is the key to Bush's agenda as well! Uh, oh...Hope "the president" doesn't lose his keys!

And as a final, "oddly enough", looks like that Paul Weyrich fella is a busy busy boy of late working overtime on damage control in support of friend, DeLay. He was quoted defending the soon-to-be outgoing House Majority Leader in WaPo's lollapalooza from yesterday covering the latest bit of foul play in which DeLay's great $upporter Jack Abramoff is found embroiled again, right next to Mr. DeLay! This time, even including a gangland style murder! And in South Florida, of all places! Oddly enough. Go figure!:

DeLay told a group of conservatives last month "that he had no idea that Abramoff was involved in this and was absolutely shocked when he found out about it," said Paul M. Weyrich, a conservative activist and longtime friend of DeLay's. "Immediately he had Abramoff called in and told him, 'I want no more dealings with you,' and I think he felt blind-sided by Abramoff, that Abramoff was aware of Tom's views on the subject and never bothered to tell him" about his stake in SunCruz.

Ah, SunCruz, Florida, Tom DeLay, Murder.

Salute!

UPDATE 5/28/05: "Conservative Salute" to Tom DeLay falls flat... An insider reports...

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BIG NAMES EVERYWHERE, including Noe and Blackwell!
By Winter Patriot on 5/2/2005 12:09pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

This might be something to keep an eye on.
AmericaBlog has the details here.

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tinues ... the rehash continues ... the rehash continues ... the rehash continues ... the rehash con
'TIS THE SEASON to DO IT AGAIN ... and AGAIN ... and AGAIN ... and AGAIN ... and AGAIN
By Winter Patriot on 5/1/2005 11:44pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

We're rolling backwards at the moment, coasting along in Retro Mode, or so it seems.
After the Best Of The Brad Show and a repost of last week's comic,
some loyal readers and listeners must be wondering:
How much worse can this get?

I just happen to know the answer
and I don't think it would be fair to leave you hangin' ...

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