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By Brad Friedman on 8/21/2005 8:59am PT  

We've finally made it to Texas! We hope to roll into Crawford at some point this afternoon!

If all goes well (and why would it?) we'll be up and on the air with a Special DAILY Edition of The BRAD SHOW on the ground LIVE at High Noon in Crawford (1p ET, 12p CT, 11a CT, 10a PT) each day for the duration!

We've still got many mountains to climb as we've been trying to make the whole thing happen even as we've been barreling across the country by car. Pulling this off will be a Radio Miracle...but it's time for a miracle or two!

We hope to be simulcasting these special LIVE broadcasts over several networks. Details on all of that to come as things come together (if they continue to come together!)...Stay tuned here and at www.BradShow.com for more info as soon as we can get it to ya!

And thanks for ANY DONATIONS YOU CAN MAKE TO HELP PAY FOR THIS EFFORT to try and make this necessary national discussion possible! The discussion we should have had in this country three years and thousands of dead bodies ago! (If you'd like to sponsor or advertise on this broadcast in some way, please contact our producer Kat ASAP!)

See this previous post for details of how we decided to interrupt our previously planned vacation to try and make this all possible!

Thanks to the BRAD BLOG Guest Bloggers for allowing me the time to pull all of this off! As well to indefatigable BRAD SHOW Producer, the infamous Kat L'Estrange for the various miracles she's already made happen, along with dozens of folks who have jumped in to try and help as well! More on all of them, and much more on all of this soon...




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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We Have A GREAT Show On Tap --- If The Network Plays Our Cards Right!
By Winter Patriot on 8/20/2005 12:16pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

A great old BRAD SHOW is almost ready to hit the airwaves. Again. It was broadcast LIVE two weels ago, had a great lineup and was fantastic show. And if the folks at the network pull up the right files, you can hear it again via the Web! Saturday from 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT) and Sunday 12noon-4p ET (9a-1p PT)

Here's the guest list:

  • Rep. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY (D-GA) on Diebold in Georgia and the need for Election Reform (and on her 9/11 Forum!)
  • SAM WALKER of the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma,
    Alabama
    with an eyewitness account of Bloody Sunday.
  • KEENAN KELLER Special Counsel to Conyers' & the House Judiciary Comm. on the Voting Rights Act & SCOTUS Nominee John Roberts' opposition to it.
  • An Exclusive Account of what led to the Voting Rights Act in 1965 from civil rights icon Rep. JOHN LEWIS (D-GA) who was beaten on Bloody Sunday and then marched next to Dr. Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery.
  • PLUS! If the Radio & Democracy Gods are with us...

  • Rev. JESSE JACKSON calling in LIVE from the Rainbow/PUSH Rally in Atlanta! and...
  • Rep. RUSH HOLT (D-NJ) on his Election Reform Bill!
  • Also...

  • A LIVE report from BRAD BLOG reader, KIRA, just home from the Rainbow/PUSH March & Rally (August 6th) in Atlanta! "March like your rights depended on it!"
  • It's free speech at its best, but it's not free! Brad pays for the studio rental --- out of his own pocket --- at $500 per week! He doesn't need to rent a studio this weekend but he still needs donations, so please donate here to help defray costs! Every little bit helps, friends.




    Robert Parry Explains Why The Old 'We Need To Stay In Iraq' Ploy Is Bogus
    By Winter Patriot on 8/19/2005 11:40pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    It's always an extreme pleasure --- and a severe challenge --- to post an item based on a column by Robert Parry. His excellent piece of August 17, 2005, is called Iraq & the Logic of Withdrawal. It's compelling reading, and it should be mandatory for all who say "we have to stay in Iraq until the Iraqis can provide their own security".

    Washington's conventional wisdom on the Iraq War is roughly divided into two camps: those who still think George W. Bush's invasion was a good idea and want to “stay the course” – and those who opposed Bush on going to war but now say “we must get it right.”

    I am not in either camp, as regular readers of this space probably know. And I've been saying at every opportunity. So it's good to see that a very wise observer agrees with me. His take on the issue is a bit different than mine, but we reach the same conclusions. I find that comforting. It's like a math problem --- when you've solved it, you go back and check your work by doing the same problem in a different way. If you get the same answer the second time, you can be fairly sure that your answer is correct.

    Both sides – representing nearly the entire political spectrum in Washington – rule out a prompt U.S. military withdrawal because that supposedly would turn Iraq into a “failed state” and a “breeding ground for Islamic terrorism.” Therefore, the thinking goes, U.S. troops must remain while Iraq builds a democracy that can stop the extremists.

    But there is a case to be made for U.S. withdrawal as the best option for both resolving the conflict and neutralizing the foreign Islamic extremists in Iraq. A corollary of this thinking holds that the continued U.S. military presence does more harm than good.

    More harm than good to Iraq? Or to the USA? I would say "both!"

    The logic of withdrawal goes like this:

    First, a distinction must be made between the Sunni-led insurgency, which is fighting out of a sense of Iraqi nationalism and to protect the Sunni minority's interests in Iraq, and the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist network of Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It is engaged in a jihad to drive Americans and other Westerners out of the Middle East.

    While the interests of the Sunni-led insurgency and the Zarqawi-led terrorists may overlap under the present circumstances, that is primarily because an American force of 138,000 troops remains inside Iraq.

    And the rest of the column goes like this.




    By Winter Patriot on 8/19/2005 11:03pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Speaking of Comcast...

    LaChania Govan said she got bounced around by her cable company when she called to complain. She made dozens of calls and was even transferred to a person who spoke Spanish, a language she doesn't understand.

    But when she got her August bill from Comcast she had no trouble understanding she'd made somebody mad. It was addressed to "Bitch Dog."

    AP has more on that, and someone by the name of "Jeffery Scrotum Bag Barnes"...

    (Hat tip to BRAD BLOG Emailer GGilpatrick)




    Is The Pro-Democracy Movement Under Attack From AOL?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/19/2005 5:43pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Hot on the heels of a recent item about Comcast [and other ISPs] blocking email containing the address of Cindy Sheehan's website, I have received a report from US Count Votes saying that that they are no longer able to reach AOL customers via email.

    UPDATE: Since this item has been posted I have received more specific information. The email that is being blocked comes from the Announcements List at US Count Votes, a.k.a. election@uscountvotes.org. According to our source,

    AOL blocked it once and an AOL customer got it unblocked but then it was blocked again very shortly and has stayed blocked.

    AOL technical support could easily look at any email from our announcements list to see that it is a legitimate list that tells how to unsubscribe from it at the bottom of every email from our list, so there is no excuse for blocking it, even once.

    If this report is true, then it should not be too hard to fix. I can think of a few useful things you might consider doing.

    Fast Symptomatic Relief:
    If you are an AOL subscriber, you want to set up an additional email account. Hotmail and gmail come to mind; both are free and both allow you to access your account easily from any browser. No doubt there are other options, perhaps better options. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment for us below. Once you have your account set up, you can visit US Count Votes and ask to have your new address added to their mailing list.

    Treating The Cause Rather Than The Symptoms:
    Then there's the tried and tested method: Make Some Noise. We've already seen the sort of impact 6 or 7 people can make. If you are an AOL user, and if you are on the US Count Votes mailing list, and if you haven't heard from US Count Votes in a while, then AOL definitely needs to hear from you. As always, please remember to be polite; nobody wants to help an abusive caller. But please also be firm and persistent: we all know that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    I regret that I haven't more time to spend investigating this issue. Please use the comments thread below to post any relevant information you happen to have. I will update this post with AOL contact info as soon as I can find some. It you have such info and wish to share it, please do so via the comments, or send me e-mail here: wp112263 at hotmail dot com.

    Ah, the old 6-or-7 routine! Thanks to you, the blogosphere is working ... for all of us.




    HEART SURGEON RENOUNCES SCIENCE FOR VOTES
    BACKS 'INTELLIGENT DESIGN' IN CLASSROOMS
    By Jaime on 8/19/2005 4:29pm PT  

    Guest blogged by jaime

    Cat Killer. Flip-Flopper. Transparent panderer.
    And now... convenient Creationist

    Congratulations, Senator Frist...You're an A-1 jack-ass!




    Prayer vigil scheduled for this afteroon
    By David Edwards on 8/19/2005 12:34pm PT  

    Guest blogged by David Edwards

    Brad is on the way to Camp Casey in Crawford to amplify the voices of the anti-war movement and provide us with extended daily broadcasts of The BRAD SHOW. We need your donations to make this mission successful so, please, take a moment and donate what you can.

    In the meantime, there is more news coming out of Crawford than we can keep up with. Cindy has had to return to California to tend to her mother who had a stroke. The protestors have vowed to increase their numbers and continue calling for President Bush to answer Cindy's questions.

    Protestors marched to the Bush 1600 acre palatial estate ranch to deliver letters to the First Lady. Emily Sharpe of Crawford Update reports...

    This afternoon, over 100 of us marched three miles from Camp Casey to the gate of President Bush's ranch in 90 degree heat, all to deliver hundreds of letters written by women to Laura Bush. Our marching group ranged from infants to octogenarians, and was led by some really gutsy moms.

    ...
    As we walked along singing "This Land is Our Land" and "God Bless America," we couldn't fathom that we were about to do what no one had done before: march up the entrance of the President's ranch, special delivery in hand, without shots being fired. But we definitely did not expect what was there waiting for us... emerging from behind the beefy Secret Service agents was a Bush staffer ready to personally accept our letters to the First Lady!

    (Be sure to click the following link to view all of the Camp Casey updates!)

    --- Click here for REST OF STORY!... ---




    And The Readers Are Loving It!
    All On The Editorial Page, Of Course --- But We'll Take It Anyway
    By Winter Patriot on 8/19/2005 12:15pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Regular readers of this space will recall that The BRAD BLOG is not a big fan of way the New York Times "covers" the news. But regular readers also know that we do our best to be fair, and to give credit where it's due. Therefore it behooves me to point out three excellent columns in recent editions of the NYT, and to report that two of them are at the top of the NYT's list of "most e-mailed stories".

    --- Click here for REST OF STORY!... ---




    Columnist Asks: 'Will you look her in the eye?'
    Good question, Bob!
    By Winter Patriot on 8/19/2005 8:43am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Sometimes this job is too easy. What to read? What to post? Some of these questions answer themselves. For instance, if it's Friday morning, then it must be time to visit Common Wonders and have a look at Bob Koehler's newest column. It starts this way:

    My guess is that the Army's new $350 million recruitment-ad blitz targeting parents will not feature any footage of Cindy Sheehan camped in a ditch five miles outside of Crawford, Texas, waiting patiently for the vacationing president to talk to her.

    Nor, I suspect, will “Arlington West,” the makeshift cemetery containing more than 1,800 crosses spread out along the road to the Bush ranch, be part of the slick, insidious hype the Leo Burnett agency is hoping will soften the fearful grip American parents have on their teenagers these days, only one in four of whom wants his or her kid to enlist.

    Slick and insidious is right, Bob. Slick like oil on the water. And "insidious" is a perfect word to describe the practice of spending $350 million of our money to lure our kids into a raging man-made disaster. Well, maybe there are some other words. And maybe it's not even our money. It's our kids' money, or our grandkids. Some day the bill for all this insanity is going to come due. And even if the current crop of White House madmen are not around to pay it, somebody is going to have to pay. Guess who? Who always pays? But I digress.

    The entire column is worth a read --- as always --- one passage is worthy of particular attention. Koehler quotes the famous line, "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori", as many writers have done in the past. Refreshingly, rather than assuming that all readers know what it means and where it comes from, he provides not only a translation but also a context.

    In one commercial, for instance, a boy clinches a conversation with his skeptical mom about enlisting so he can have a way to pay for college by saying, “And besides, it's time for me to be a man.”

    What brilliant (and shameless) manipulation of human psychology — as though the Army's raison d'etre is the personal growth of young people. Yes, boys have to grow into men, and rites of passage are crucial for this, but the admen and the Army are hawking a cynical lie. Almost 90 years ago, poet Wilfred Owen, who died in World War I, captured the essence of that lie in his extraordinary poem “Dulce et Decorum Est.” (The last line, translated from the Latin, means, “It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country.”)

    “If you could hear,” Owen writes, describing the death of a fellow soldier in a gas attack, “at every jolt, the blood

    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, —
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
    Pro patria mori.”

    Thanks again to Bob Koehler, whose care-packages of truth and sanity are always welcome after another week of craziness and vicious lies. Here's the permanent link to this week's column: Hiding from Cindy: The world is watching, George — will you look her in the eye?.




    The Mysteries of 9/11 Run Deep
    By Joseph Cannon on 8/19/2005 8:04am PT  

    Guest blogged by Joseph Cannon

    You have probably never heard of Makram Chams. It's time you met him.

    Actually, you can't physically meet him --- he disappeared on September 11, 2001. I bring him to your attention for two reasons:

    1. He knew, and apparently aided, Mohammed Atta and the other 9/11 terrorists.

    2. He owned a casino ship in Florida.

    Yes, a casino ship --- just like the SunCruz ships owned by Jack Abramoff, the recently-indicted Republican money-man and wheeler-dealer. According to Associated Press, the terrorists took a mysterious trip on a SunCruz ship on September 5, 2001. And that trip is of great interest for three reasons:

    1. SunCruz ships were under investigation for involvement in money laundering and other unsavory activities.

    2. Al Qaeda operatives made a number of mysterious casino jaunts in that era; few believe that they were hard-core gamblers.

    3. Al Qaeda was funded by drug money. Drug money must needs be laundered. Casinos have been known to be used for that purpose. Casino ships are unregulated.

    Perhaps we should tentatively add a fourth reason for concern: Intelligence agents who had identified Atta in the United States and who knew of his ties to Osama Bin Laden were told to steer clear of him. They literally covered up his picture on their charts of Al Qaeda agents. (See my latest piece on Able Danger.)

    So with that background in mind, let's learn more about the mysterious Makram Chams (whose first name is sometimes transliterated as Meekram).

    --- Click here for REST OF STORY!... ---




    Behind-The-Scenes Story of 9/11 Hijacker Continues To Seep Out
    And The 'Rolling Cannonfire Revue' Continues...
    By Joseph Cannon on 8/18/2005 11:21pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Joseph Cannon

    I just received a note from someone with special understanding of the Able Danger sitch. (Suddenly, everyone on the net has only one or two degrees of separation from Tony Shaffer.) The correspondent asked not to be quoted or identified, so I'll speak only in very general terms.

    Basically, you'll receive much the same info if you go to Intel Dump, which relays a message from Shaffer himself.

    The bottom line: The identification of Atta was squelched by SOCOM lawyers. As Shaffer tells it:

    First - yes - The lawyers involved in this (and similar projects) did interpret the 9-11 terrorists as "US persons" - so while you can second guess them all you want - but that was their "legal" call as wrong as it was and is. Unfortunately, the chain of command at SOCOM went along with them (and this, I expect, will be a topic that will become more clear in the near future).

    And lawyers of the era also felt that any intelligence officer viewing open internet information for the purpose of intelligence collection automatically required that any "open source" information obtained be treated as if it was "intelligence information"...does this sound like idiocy to you? It did to me - and we fought it - and I was in meetings at the OSD level, with OSD lawyers, that debated this - and I even briefed the DCI George Tenet on this issue relating to an internet project.

    And yes, Virginia - we tried to tell the lawyers that since the data identified Atta and the others as linked to Al Qaeda, we should be able to collect on them based on SecState Albright's declaration of Al Qaeda as transnational terrorist threat to the US...well the lawyers did not agree...go figure...so we could not collect on them - and for political reasons - could not pass them to the FBI...I know because I brokered three meetings between the FBI and SOCOM to allow SOCOM to pass the information to the FBI. And, sadly, SOCOM cancelled them every time...

    Do I buy this? Well...

    --- Click here for REST OF STORY!... ---




    By David Edwards on 8/18/2005 6:58pm PT  
    Guest blogged by David Edwards

    On Wednesday night, supporters gathered in 50 states at over 1600 vigils. Moveon.org says this was the largest event that they've ever helped to organize.

    A photo slide show has been created with some of the best vigil photos from across the nation.

    Read comments from people who attended the vigils.

    "Our candlelight vigil at Camp Casey was beautiful. There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country. We at Camp Casey are so amazed and gratified that there were almost 1700 vigils around the country.”

    -Cindy Sheehan, Crawford, Texas

    MoveOn has also created an interactive national map of all the vigils.




    Is Cindy Sheehan A Puppet Of The Radical Left?
    Scott Galindez Has Been Watching
    By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2005 5:57pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Who are you gonna believe? A reporter who has been reporting from the scene --- live on the ground at Camp Casey --- or a bunch of talking heads who haven't been anywhere near any of it? A short new column by Scott Galindez, published on the truthout.org website today, puts the question in a good clear perspective --- in fact it's so short, and so good, that it's probably worth quoting in its entirety.

    As I flip my television from network to network, they sound like a broken record when they talk about Cindy Sheehan. They all seem to claim that she is a puppet of the left, the anti-war movement etc...

    I am in Crawford and am spending a lot of time near Cindy. I promise you that Cindy is not the puppet in Crawford, but the puppet master. There is a media team working on her scheduling, but they are not telling her what to say.

    The allegations that the left is exploiting Cindy couldn't be further from the truth. I see millions of people following Cindy, not the other way around. I got an e-mail from Cindy that she was going to go to Crawford, not from MoveOn.

    The real question here is who is behind these allegations? Who are the real puppets here?

    The corporate media are the ones reporting the same false claims, so it appears to me that they are the ones being controlled. Who is the puppet master? Is it Karl Rove? The RNC?

    It's obvious that the media are speaking from the same script because while they accuse the left of exploiting Cindy, they present no evidence to back up their claims.

    I have been at the Peace House during her breaks; she is not being ushered off to be coached, she is resting when away from the camp. She does meet with the family members and vets to discuss the message of Camp Casey, but that is how you build community and Camp Casey is a community.

    I have not seen any professional handlers in Crawford. I have seen some excellent organizers putting together events after Cindy, the vets and other military families set the agenda.

    So NBC, FOX, CBS, etc... Who is writing your script? Who is pulling your strings?

    I don't expect the mainstream news anchors to answer Scott's questions anytime soon ... at least not in so many words. But if you watch them closely you can see that they do answer these questions --- very clearly, every day!

    UPDATE: Cindy Sheehan has received some bad news today. As reported by Scott Galindez,

    We have just learned that Cindy's mom has had a stroke. Cindy will be leaving the camp to be at her mother's side. Camp Casey will continue on until Cindy's return.

    Now we see who pulls Cindy Sheehan's strings! It's her mother.

    Best wishes to Cindy Sheehan, and her mother, and their family, and their many friends and supporters.




    How Did We Fall Through The Looking-Glass?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2005 5:15pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Recently, in a few different contexts, people have mentioned a new study by Dr. Dennis Loo which proves once again that the 2004 Presidential election was stolen. BRAD BLOG reader and frequent commentor, VDRES, pointed out an article about it here, in fact. So you may have read it already. But I suspect you probably haven't. And that's too bad, because you should.

    The introduction reads as if it were intended for The Whispering Campaign:

    In order to believe that George Bush won the November 2, 2004 presidential election, you must also believe all of the following extremely improbable or outright impossible things.

    1) A big turnout and a highly energized and motivated electorate favored the GOP instead of the Democrats for the first time in history.

    2) Even though first-time voters, lapsed voters (those who didn�t vote in 2000), and undecideds went for John Kerry by big margins, and Bush lost people who voted for him in the cliffhanger 2000 election, Bush still received a 3.5 million vote surplus nationally.

    3) The fact that Bush far exceeded the 85% of registered Florida Republicans� votes that he got in 2000, receiving in 2004 more than 100% of the registered Republican votes in 47 out of 67 Florida counties, 200% of registered Republicans in 15 counties, and over 300% of registered Republicans in 4 counties, merely shows Floridians� enthusiasm for Bush. He managed to do this despite the fact that his share of the crossover votes by registered Democrats in Florida did not increase over 2000 and he lost ground among registered Independents, dropping 15 points.

    4) Florida�s reporting of more presidential votes (7.59 million) than actual number of people who voted (7.35 million), a surplus of 237,522 votes, does not indicate fraud.

    5) The fact that Bush got more votes than registered voters, and the fact that by stark contrast participation rates in many Democratic strongholds in Ohio and Florida fell to as low as 8%, do not indicate a rigged election.

    6) Bush won re-election despite approval ratings below 50% - the first time in history this has happened. Truman has been cited as having also done this, but Truman�s polling numbers were trailing so much behind his challenger, Thomas Dewey, pollsters stopped surveying two months before the 1948 elections, thus missing the late surge of support for Truman. Unlike Truman, Bush�s support was clearly eroding on the eve of the election.

    7) Harris' last-minute polling indicating a Kerry victory was wrong (even though Harris was exactly on the mark in their 2000 election final poll).

    8) The �challenger rule� - an incumbent�s final results won�t be better than his final polling - was wrong.

    9) On election day the early-day voters picked up by early exit polls (showing Kerry with a wide lead) were heavily Democratic instead of the traditional pattern of early voters being mainly Republican.

    10) The fact that Bush �won� Ohio by 51-48%, but this was not matched by the court-supervised hand count of the 147,400 absentee and provisional ballots in which Kerry received 54.46% of the vote doesn�t cast any suspicion upon the official tally.

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