Merry Christmas to all

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Dems frustrated as House approves $70 billion for wars - CNN.com

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House of Representatives approved another $70 billion in war spending on Wednesday, capping a year of frustration for Democrats who took control of Congress on pledges to end the war in Iraq.

The money was part of a $555 billion measure that funds government agencies for the 2008 budget year. It passed on a 272-142 vote, more than a month after Democratic leaders had refused to approve more money for Iraq without requiring President Bush to begin withdrawing U.S. combat troops from the nearly five-year-old conflict.

More money just a few weeks ago I told you guys they would cave in, you know who will end up paying for all this mess, we the taxpayer of course.
Dems frustrated as House approves $70 billion for wars - CNN.com

Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs

Posted: 12/09/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Hackers have succeeded in breaking into the computer systems of two of the U.S.' most important science labs, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
In what a spokesperson for the Oak Ridge facility described as a "sophisticated cyber attack," it appears that intruders accessed a database of visitors to the Tennessee lab between 1990 and 2004, which included their social security numbers and dates of birth. Three thousand researchers reportedly visit the lab each year, a who's who of the science establishment in the U.S.

PC World - Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs

Dems get weak in the knees

Posted: 12/06/2007 by Floyd in Labels: , ,
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You can not say it better than this, sometimes you have to stick to your guns and stand up to bullies and I don't think these guys have the stomach for it. The motto should be if you are not going to follow through with something why even get the ball rolling? I see Afghanistan is mentioned also in this article just last week Afghanistan leaders said they needed more money and military to combat the rise in Al Queda activity there. There will be no end to this war funding and letting domestic issues slide just as they have been doing for the last five years or so unless some accountability and guide-lines are put in place.

No issue divides the party more deeply, and lawmakers say it poses one of the toughest decisions that top House and Senate Democrats will make since they took control of Congress this year. At least four ideas are being floated, but none has achieved a consensus as the holiday break nears.

Personally I see this as nothing but political, first and foremost Bush and his cronies want a blank check without showing any kind of improvement in the government over there, while the homeland is screaming for relief. the reason we have or should have balance in this country is to off-set this that is happening right now, the Iraq report pointed out some tactics to take that never took place, in its simplest form the domestic issues of this country is taking a back seat to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that is as plain as the nose on our face. The Congress is trying to get some kind of accountability for this mess and since they started to do that then they should see this thing through.
The Associated Press: Democrats Seek Iraq Funding Solution

Chavez Loses Constitutional Vote - TIME

Posted: 12/03/2007 by Floyd in
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Venezuela says no to dictatorship;

President Hugo Chavez suffered a stinging defeat Monday in a vote on constitutional changes that would have let him run for re-election indefinitely and solidify his bid to transform this major U.S. oil provider into a socialist state.

The changes would have created new forms of communal property, let Chavez handpick local leaders under a redrawn political map, permit civil liberties to be suspended under extended states of emergency and allow Chavez to seek re-election indefinitely. Now, Chavez will be barred from running again in 2012.

Other changes would have shortened the workday from eight hours to six, created a social security fund for millions of informal laborers and promoted communal councils where residents decide how to spend government funds. The reforms also would have granted Chavez control over the Central Bank and extended presidential terms from six to seven years.

Chavez Loses Constitutional Vote - TIME

Bush Whines Over Money

Posted: 11/30/2007 by Floyd in
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Bush continued his whining over money and continues to worry about what makes him happy and for some reason he is not worried over the 10 million middle-class children him and his cronies took health care from or the education bill to educate our children,,so how much am I worried about his whining??? Not very....

The person to blame here is Bush himself because the money has been approved, I mean, you can't expect an upended commitment for eternity, especially when the Iraqi government is making no head-way and taking in account we have already sunk billions and billions in this money pit with no results. Journalists have said it is a dangerous option to walk within 95% of Baghdad.

I would suggest the word of the day might be bipartisanship,,,is a two way street. Congress should have done this last year but as I have said they have went on and bent over backwards for a year now, it is high time to say we can't even have enough money to take care of our own, how do we know what is best for other countries?
Bush Urges Emergency War Funds to Avoid Defense Layoffs - washingtonpost.com

Louisiana Weekly - Your Community. Your Newspaper.

Posted: 11/26/2007 by Floyd in Labels: ,
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This is quite a good writen article about where priorities lay when it comes to domestic issues and those who simply want to faten their wallets and brush off the issues which matter to most Americans; Once again, the President asked Congress for billions of dollars in war funding for a tragic war in Iraq, while vetoing important domestic priorities like Labor-HHS appropriations and health care for 10 million of our nation's children! This is yet another example of President Bush's insensitive priorities: tax cuts for the rich and billions spent on his oil war, while right here in The United States, he denies health coverage to millions of poor children! It is no wonder that his approval ratings have dipped below 30 percent! For the cost of less than 40 days in Iraq, we could have provided health care coverage to 10 million children for an entire year! It is simply mind blowing that while the President continues to spend over $10 billion per month in Iraq, and over $600 billion on the war from its outset - the administration refuses to pay less than $3.50 a day to cover a child through CHIP! Louisiana Weekly - Your Community. Your Newspaper.

Bush Cries Foul?

Posted: 11/22/2007 by Floyd in Labels: ,
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I was reading a story over at the S.F Chronicle, an opinion by Robert Scheer talking about Ron Paul and his opposition to the war effort and pointing out and putting into perspective just what kind of money we are talking about here. Ron pointed out that the money could have paid for lots of things in the way of domestic issues and the infrastructure of our 'own country.'Money could have paid for a lot of things we could have used here at home. As Paul points out, for what the Iraq war costs, we could present each family of four a check for $46,000 - which exceeds the $43,000 median household income in his Texas district. He asks: "What about the impact of those costs on education, the very thing that so often helps to increase earnings? $46,000 would cover 90 percent of the tuition costs to attend a four-year public university in Texas for both children in that family of four. But, instead of sending kids to college, too often we're sending them to Iraq, where the best news in a long time is they aren't killing our men and women as fast as they were last month."

Just recently Bush vetoed a bill that could help 10 million children of middle-class Americans and more recent the education bill that would help our young people, but yet now when Congress, let me restate that, the Democratic Congress wants some kind of accountability on this run-away spending and funding of these wars and want to focus more on an exit plan and training of Iraqis and every American out there knows how this has gone, well in the light of this Bush cries 'foul'.

This is not the first time Congress has asked for some kind of accountability and has been met with school yard tactics, it is high time that Congress says 'the buck stops here' and we won't let our country go down the drain to save someones ego. The middle-class have seen time and again the issues that face our country and dare I say even our children that are taking a back seat just because we want to erect more 20 foot walls in Baghdad.

Approval of the funding failed when Democrats blocked a Republican bill that would have allocated $70 billion to the war without conditions. Read that carefully no conditions and no accountability for anything, now they expect the Dems to go along with this while they vote down domestic issues for our own country in the SCHIP and education bill. See when we look at the facts we can understand this a little better Bush and his cronies do not want bipartisanship, they only use that word when it suits their own agenda.
S.F Chronicle


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Another One Bails

Posted: 11/20/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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In recent months some of Bush's closest aides -- including several who came to Washington with him nearly seven years ago -- have left or announced they would leave soon. Among them have been his longtime political advisor Karl Rove; Dan Bartlett, the White House counselor; Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales; and Karen Hughes, who preceded Bartlett as counselor and held several other key posts. Most recently Hughes had been the State Department's undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Seems the turn-over is high kinda like your local Mickey Dee's, can't image why?
Domestic security advisor is latest Bush aide to resign - Los Angeles Times

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OPEC Interested in Non-Dollar Currency - Netscape Money & Business

Posted: 11/18/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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OPEC seems to be considering a non-dollar currency according to this report, with Iran issuing a blistering statement;
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that OPEC's members have expressed interest in converting their cash reserves into a currency other than the depreciating U.S. dollar, which he called a ``worthless piece of paper.''

Saudi Arabia opposed a move by Iran to have OPEC include the concerns over the falling dollar to be included in the summits closing statesments, the Saudi's seemed concerned that even talk about the dollar could further it's decline. On Sunday Saudi Arabia seems to have comprimised on the issue and voiced this statement; But by Sunday, it appeared that Saudi Arabia had compromised. Though the final declaration delivered Sunday did not specifically mention concern over the weak dollar, the organization directed its finance ministers to study the issue.

In other words it is left open as something to be looked at.
OPEC Interested in Non-Dollar Currency - Netscape Money & Business

Another slap in the face of middle-America

Posted: 11/14/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Intensifying his battle with Congress over federal spending, President Bush on Tuesday vetoed an appropriations bill for the first time, rejecting $150.7 billion in spending for school aid, health care and other domestic programs.But as he complained about the cost of that bill, which would have increased spending on these programs by 4.3% over last year, Bush signed a $471-billion defense appropriations bill that pushed up military spending by more than 9.5%.

There are some Republicans on board but not enough to over-ride this veto, this is your government at work folks, this is the people we send to Washington looking out for our schools and children, Kudos to Nancy and the others standing up for education and the head-start program and thinking about our domestic needs. Kudos to the Republicans who also believe that our domestic agenda needs put in perspective and see middle-America as in dire repair.

You know as I read news article's such as this I think CNN and the other news agencies just don't get it do they? Congress low approval ratings when put in perspective are just a few bad apples in the barrel a few hindering progress, when you chase this all down there are some who just are hindering the process and I believe that is how America is reading this. Americans with the net are much more informed than others who depend on the news agencies for their info.
Bush vetoes domestic spending bill - Los Angeles Times

WKYT - Polls

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No wonder I can't watch T.V for McConnell's ads, we have not even picked one yet Mitch. Guess I better head over and make another donation to act blue. This is some kind of ad put out by the T.V station but it is rather encouraging.
WKYT - Polls

Veterans Now and Then

Posted: 11/11/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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It is veterans day a time to think of all who have served and sacrificed for this great nation, no task is to small and no task is to large,,,thank you for all you have done not only today but everyday.




Nancy's new found authority

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I have attacked the Dems for leadership and Nancy stands tall and does her part,,you go girl; WASHINGTON - The House yesterday narrowly approved a $73.8 billion measure to protect millions of families from the alternative minimum tax and offer new tax breaks to middle-income homeowners and low-income parents, offset by tax increases that would land primarily on wealthy Wall Street financiers.
"We planted the flag for fiscal responsibility . . . as we gave a tax cut to the middle class," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).

This is what I'm talking about standing and taking it to 'em with this kind of responsbility, I am impressed by this new boldness to stand and not wavier and when it comes to the back-bone of America I admire her for this new found authority, she must be reading some of the blogs out there,,good job.
House backs bill to block alternative tax for millions Philadelphia Inquirer 11/10/2007

Toyota Not So Green After All

Posted: 11/10/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Found a good article coming out in Newsweek concerning Toyota and how really it has changed it's environmentally green stance for a another kind of green the kind we find in greed. We chalk all this up to Toyota and how it is opposing new gas mileage laws and in fact has joined with the three in a lawsuit against California over legislation to reduce global-warming. We need not look far until we quickly realize the green behind Toyota's shift, the Toyota Tundra for instance Toyota's hog getting 14 mpg city. Toyota is not looking for ways to help or improve our environment, Toyota is looking at the bottom line.
Toyota’s Green Problem Newsweek Project Green Newsweek.com
Toyota's Environmental claims
Top 10 Green Automobile's

Americans felt better about Nixon

Posted: 11/08/2007 by Floyd in
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According to the esteemed Gallop Americans approved more of Nixon during Watergate than Bush,,now that is really surprising to me,,hmmm, In fact, Bush has more intense disapproval than Nixon had during Watergate.
Truthdig - A/V Booth - Watergate Era Nixon Beats Bush in Poll

Congress.org your Senators at work

Posted: 11/07/2007 by Floyd in
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O.K people listen up and take notes, this is your government at work. These are the people put in office to represent you as middle-class and lower middle-class and Kentuckians pay close attention as one of the poorest states in the Union make sure you see where your Senators stand on on this issue, I think the record speaks for itself. it is high time I think our Representatives let go of the hand of big business such as the medical industry and start representing the people who elected them.
Congress.org

AlZip Extractor & Disk Scrubber

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Well it has been a while since I posted about useful tools but here is a good freebie, it's called AlZip and of course it is free, I have been using this for about a month now with no problems so far but I just mainly use these for zip files and rar, it opens them both blazing fast and when you make a file or open one you can see it good, where on the others I've tried I need a magnifying glass to see it.

This thing has a lot of features to offer check it out, another thing about this little utility is that it is light weight and does not consume much, the minimum requirements are 32 megs of Ram and only 10 megs of Drive.
ALZip zip unzip file compression utility - zip, archive, backup email large files

Want to scrub that disk here is a neat free one for you to use it's called hard disk scrubber and it over-writes all the free space on your drive to make it unrecoverable. There are many out there you can buy for a fee but this one is free, I do have it on my computer but have not used it yet, so can not make a fair assessment of the value but if it does like it says it will could prove useful if I want to junk the computer or change a drive.

Hard Disk Scrubber


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House Votes to Override Bush’s Veto of Water Projects - New York Times

Posted: 11/06/2007 by Floyd in Labels: ,
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Well we knew this was a long time coming but Congress has finally got it's footing on it's first over-ride of a veto by Bush. This is a bill that has a lot to do with the situtation after hurricane Katrina tore up the Gulf.


The bill, formally the Water Resources Development Act, would authorize $3.5 billion in work for the hurricane-striken region of Louisiana and nearly $2 billion in the Everglades restoration. It also icludes billions of dollars more for flood control, restoration and other projects favored by individual lawmakers, which was a key to its passage in Congress.

House Votes to Override Bush’s Veto of Water Projects - New York Times

New Govenor for the Bluegrass

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Steve Beshear the Democratic Challenger has made a rout of it and at 98% of votes counted is holding a commanding lead over Republican incumbent Ernie Fletcher 59%-41%. I knew I was feeling kinda confidant yesterday, just hope Mitch is reading all this.

WKYT - WYMT News 57 Mountain News Homepage - All The News, Weather, and Sports from Eastern Kentucky

Posted: 11/05/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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FRANKFORT, KY (November 2, 2007) -- Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that agents with the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) will visit numerous precincts throughout the state to observe the conduct of the general election on November 6, 2007.

Tomorrow is election day for our Governor among other races, the Secretary of State seems to be the close race to watch at this time. So remember to get out there and vote.
WKYT - WYMT News 57 Mountain News Homepage - All The News, Weather, and Sports from Eastern Kentucky

No evidence of Iranian nuclear-weapons program, experts say - 11/03/2007 - MiamiHerald.com

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WASHINGTON -- Despite President Bush's claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger ''World War III,'' experts in and out of government say there's no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program.
Even his own administration appears divided about the immediacy of the threat. While Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney speak of an Iranian weapons program as a fact, Bush's point man on Iran, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, has attempted to ratchet down the rhetoric.
No evidence of Iranian nuclear-weapons program, experts say - 11/03/2007 - MiamiHerald.com

Britain Praises Iraqi Kurds’ Efforts to End Crisis - New York Times

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While Turkish and American officials have stepped up criticism of Iraqi Kurdish leaders for failing to curb the guerrilla fighters who have sanctuary in northern Iraq, a top British official lent his support to the Kurdish regional government during a visit on Thursday and indicated that he was confident of its commitment to resolving the crisis.

I agree with Mr. Browne on this one, why would one alienate the only Ally bloc we have in the whole of Iraq?
Britain Praises Iraqi Kurds’ Efforts to End Crisis - New York Times

Bush Vetoes Water Bill, Citing Cost of $23 Billion - New York Times

Posted: 11/03/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Another veto and this one was concerning water resource projects to which most of the ravaged Gulf Coast would benefit. It does seem like a large cost $23 billion and it is a domestic project and does not have anything to do with the war funding machine, so it is likely to be on the chopping block. Any thing domestic has not mattered before it should not come as any surprise to Americans that it would matter now, just business as usual.
Bush Vetoes Water Bill, Citing Cost of $23 Billion - New York Times

Hillary a Neocon?

Posted: 10/29/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Don't ask me how Tucker Carlson came to this hypothesis but at any rate it was said, what is far more interesting is that every Republican that is running for the 2008 nomination their tone is much more clear to the sense of the word. Having said that we find the conservatives coming out and condemning an ideology that they hold dear, I mean who are they fooling?

So what are the neocons to do such as Romney, among others, are they going to now embrace liberalism? What gets me is someone like Carlson making an idiotic statement and then you have coming out of the woodwork trying to condemn something they are part of themselves.

My opinion of Hillary is that she really is not as liberal as I would like her to be, but also I know she is not just another Bush drone, I think America has had enough drones to last her a while, we have had enough beating down of the middle-class on child heath-care and wages, their record is out there for all to see they can't talk their way out of it,,it is alas,,"fact."
Hillary a Neocon?

Go Steve Go!!!!

Posted: 10/26/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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With the election looming I could not be happier that Gov. Flecther is trailing Beshear by double digits, but I won't count my eggs before they hatch I am only saying that I'm in hog heaven as the polls go in the Bluegrass. I have also noticed that McConnell has been rather quite these days, figured he would really be supporting his buddy Ernie.

Go Steve Go!!!

Testimony Doctored

Posted: 10/25/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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I remember a comment recently to this affect mainly I said that science has become a big PR game in that it can be manipulated to fit into any agenda, such as the editing of climate change testimony.

Lately science has been barraged by deals such as this and as the tobacco and petroleum conglomerates have also proven time and again that if the science don't match the facts the easiest thing to do is, hire some other scientists to try and cast doubt on the public.

some good examples can be found on Common Dreams Dot org,, Gore issued a statement that in effect that money is the universal language when it comes to this,,”There has been an organized campaign, financed to the tune of about $10 million a year from some of the largest carbon polluters, to create the impression that there is disagreement in the scientific community,” Gore said at a forum in Singapore. ”In actuality, there is very little disagreement.”

Let's not leave out Exxon Mobil who done it's share of funding think tanks and PR guru's to cast doubt on the public notion of pollution, Exxon Mobil has funded dozens of front groups, think tanks, industry associations, corporate-friendly research centers, and purportedly independent scientists to spread its denials. Greenpeace has documented the company’s support for a web of more than 100 organizations — from the American Council on Science and Health to the Washington Legal Foundation — that work to cast doubt on global warming science and likely consequences.

So does the latest surprise me? Not in the least.
Climate Change Testimony Was Edited by White House - New York Times

Latino Head of RNC Resigns in Frustration

Posted: 10/22/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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The Republican Party's highest-ranking Latino official abruptly resigned Friday, marking the latest casualty in the GOP's bitter internal fight over immigration and dealing another setback to President Bush's years-long effort to court Latino voters. The ploy to get the Latino vote evaporated fast, as the latest defector is Mel Martinez and head of the Latino RNC, Martinez is a Cuban-born Senator from Florida.

Like his hero McKinley, he alone was the true visionary. Everyone else looked at the political landscape and saw a nation at rough parity. Rove looked at the same thing and saw an emerging Republican majority.

The last link I got off Mother Jones also and it puts in perspective of how Karl Rove came to seeing just about whatever Karl Rove seemed to see, Karl's goal was to bring in the Latino vote for the GOP but it did not quite get materialized like a lot of Karl's other wishes that seemed to vanish like vapor.
MotherJones Blog: Latino Head of RNC Resigns in Frustration

Rove's Dream

In aftermath of SCHIP bill veto,Bush asks for $46 billion to fund wars

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Bush asking for more money for his wars just after vetoing a health plan for middle-class American kids, boy talk about brass I'll say one thing for him he's got brass. You know what is always attached to these requests for this money war in Iraq, the stipulation of somehow questioning the support of troops always comes into play here, if the troops were actually being supported they would be home with their families in America.

I know we could always tie in the same rhetoric such as if you support middle-class health care for children then the SCHIP bill would have been signed. The Dem's have grown weak over the years just stick to their guns and go for it and I believe correct me if I'm wrong but the SCHIP bill I think required $35 billion as it was written.

Harry Reid had this to say; "We've been fighting for America's priorities while the president continues investing only in his failed war strategy -- and wants us to come up with another $200 billion and just sign off on it?" said Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). "President Bush should not expect Congress to rubber stamp his latest supplemental request. We're not going to do that."



Now Harry don't get me wrong you should stand and do that, because you are correct in assuming that Bush only cares for his own agendas I did not see any bipartisanship on the SCHIP bill so why should Dem's cave in here? The right wing touts bipartisanship only when it benefits themselves.

This reminds me of an article written by Donna Brazile and she was writing about the e-mails she was receiving in disappointed Americans, did I say disappointed? They are in disappointment due to the lack of Dem's to take control of Congress, the Dem's were more or less elected to take charge and try to reign in the rubber-stamp Congress to which we are all aware of in the past, now I further realize you need a majority to over-ride a veto and granted there were some Republicans who voted to over-ride on the SHIP legislation for health-care for middle-class children, but we also know the majority who stood in the way were the Republicans and now Bush comes with this $46 billion more for his wars,But it does not end there, another request of a cool 500 million more is being asked for to help Mexico fight illegal drugs.

I agree with Donna on this the Dem's are not doing enough to reign in these reckless Representatives, Reid himself has put on the back burner the bill that would levy higher taxes against millionaire private equity managers, the excuse being the fall schedule is tight and they are not going to be able to do all the things that need doing. But going against the tide of the now GOP minority has paid off to some degree, examples being the increase in minimum wage, restoring pay as you go, making college loans more affordable and passing ethics reform. I like Donna's take on the article I read and that is Americans respect a will to fight, cowards don't get anyone's vote, I agree with her completely on this statement,,I can add a little to that myself, Paul said; I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith. And that is what the Dem's need to do they need to lead better, they are not going to win every fight but the main thing is that they are in it and stand up as the 'old' Democratic party done.

Bush Requests another $500 million to help Mexico fight illegal drugs

Bush Requests $46B to Fund Wars


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Blackwater still under the gun

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In addition to Blackwaters being under scrutney for it's dealings in Iraq, the lastest comes from a lawmaker who is now accusing Blackwater of tax evasion.


The California Democrat said the firm "sought to conceal its conduct from Congress and law enforcement officials."


Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said in an e-mail that Waxman argues Blackwater cannot treat its personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan as "independent contractors" and contends they must be treated as employees for IRS purposes.


Earlier this month, Rice ordered the installation of cameras on all Blackwater convoys in Baghdad and said diplomatic agents should accompany them on each mission.


Blackwater still under gun


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Lap Dogs Trot In Line

Posted: 10/19/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Let's cut to the chase shall we,,Republicans throw the middle-class under the bus. That is about as simple as it gets, the Republicans who voted as usual to follow Bush's lead have come up with absolutely nothing in trying to defend their position. Except this position "government medicine" well, seemed good for the last 10 years, the other position,,the cut-off line is to high,,(middle-class kids have health-care) why not come out and say it like it is that is what they are saying,,middle-class kids are all covered so they don't need it. Oh I forgot one last argument, cost to much,,I won't even go there.

What we have are elected officials that can't think for themselves, if Bush was not there to guide them they would be as lost as bird in a tornado, you don't see me speak frankly that often but this just got me to lay on the line what exactly is taking place, but I also know you guys know all this already, what happened is a disgrace to middle-America.
House Fails to Override Child Health Bill Veto - New York Times

Turkey cranks up the war wagon

Posted: 10/18/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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A response last week in Istanbul to plans of going into Iraq issued this statement concerning 'our' feelings about them doing so; Despite the US demand that there be no attack, Mr Erdogan is critical of the US saying at a rally in Istanbul last weekend: "Nobody can give us lessons on beyond-border operations. Did the US consult us when it entered Iraq from tens of thousands of thousands of kilometres away?" The vote was 507/19 to launch attacks into northern Iraq to target the PKK.

The simple but very real problem we have is this; The Kurds are really the only bloc in Iraq to approve of America's role in the country, in other words these are about the only friends we have in the whole country and it would not be in our best interests to abandon them. In the past we have favored Turkey in their endeavors against the Kurds but, this time that certainly would not be in our interest.

Restraint is also being urged not only by Washington, but also the UN and as in the past under Saddam they were allowed in to Kurdistan but had little effect on the PKK, which disappeared into the mountains and frankly it seems the effect if any would be minimal now based on past attempts. At best it would destabilize what we have gained with the Kurds and would be at best our worst nightmare, the Iraqi president urged Turkey not to intervene but urged the PKK to stop it's "military activities" while on his trip to Paris he also offered Turkey to open up talks and try to reach an agreement

Turkey votes to open new front in Iraq war - Independent Online Edition > Europe

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Kurd Attack Kills 12 in Turkey


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Manitoba Canada

Posted: 10/17/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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This photographer in Churchill thought his huskies might be lunch but it turns out the polar bear just wanted to romp in the snow,,,,(edited photos using the free software Paint.NET)























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Make a free blog header from Photo's

Posted: 10/16/2007 by Floyd in Labels: ,
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Here is a good little tool to use free of course, make a header for your web page out of photo's from your computer, it will make it the correct size for a normal header, I believe 800 x 200. Anyway try it out and put your own header on that blog, example you say; Go over to my other blog,,Blogging America and see the pig roast. (pig roast has been changed but you get the idea) I was just testing it out photo is not that good, but just seeing how it worked, this little tool has some potential. This tool has good things for making your header anything you want it and it is free.

Blog Header Generator: Spiff up your blog with a custom header

Measure to shield reporters' secret sources likely to pass - USATODAY.com

Posted: 10/15/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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It looks like a bill that would help reporters protect their sources is going to pass easily despite opposition by the glorious leader. The bill seems to have a good left/right following, if this bill was stifled that would mean that reporters would have to divulge their sources on stories and would hinder the whistle blowers out there squealing about all the corruption going on. This should put in perspective why it is meeting such resistance from the administration and others who simply want more law to keep us in line and they sure don't need more whistle blowers out there giving us any insight.

Liberal Democrats, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have joined conservative Republicans, such as Pence, to support the bill. Although no floor vote has yet been scheduled in the Senate, the chamber's Judiciary Committee this month approved its version of the shield bill by a 15-2 vote.

Measure to shield reporters' secret sources likely to pass - USATODAY.com

Young people give GOP the 'ax'

Posted: 10/14/2007 by Floyd in
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The Democratic trend accelerated in 2006, with young voters giving Democrats 60 percent of their votes in Senate elections and 58 percent in House contests, according to CIRCLE analysis of exit poll data, helping cement the Democrats' takeover of Congress. Just 35 percent of young people identify more with the Republican Party, according to a 2006 survey of 18- to 25-year-olds by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Another 48 percent affiliate themselves more with the Democrats, while the rest say they're independent.

It seems as though the young people are giving the Dem's the edge according to this data, taken from the Houston Chronicle. I got this after reading Texas Blue article Kids Strike Back. He touched on a good point I believe when his assessment was that young people were more aligned with the Democrats than the Republicans. The young people growing up today only see stubbornness and scandal coming from the GOP, this data does not in the least surprise me. If you look around you can see where I'm coming from, the GOP has basically been hijacked by the extreme right.

Texas Blue

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Abortion rates same whether legal or not - Women's Health - MSNBC.com

Posted: 10/11/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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A study shows that women do get an abortion if they want one whether it is legal or not. “The legal status of abortion has never dissuaded women and couples, who, for whatever reason, seek to end pregnancy,” Beth Fredrick of the International Women’s Health Coalition in the U.S. said in an accompanying commentary.
Abortion rates same whether legal or not - Women's Health - MSNBC.com


Free Browser Maxthon

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Never had tried out this browser before, but tonight I had a little time and figured I would try out a couple of browsers to see how they work, both work with the IE browser, one I tried was called Avant and the other was called Maxthon.

I was more happy with Maxthon and I will tell you why, right now I am connecting to the internet via dial-up and connect using a proxy (web accelerator) well anyway with the Avant browser when I gave it the proxy and port, it did connect and was doing a good job. But when I started to access my web mail and started using blogger, I kept getting the 405 error and when I connected directly then it would work. Avant was giving me this error all over the place, so I tried this other browser Maxthon and so far have not got one error from it, it is quicker than IE-7 and it has some really neat skins you can apply to it, you guys that read my blog know I run around looking for different things that seem to work good and this is just another one of them, getting back to the proxy,,in this browser I simply clicked on tools scroll down to proxy and clicked the use IE settings proxy and the browser connected to my "accelerator" the other browser when I did this it would not connect automatic like this one, it would not connect to the accelerator even when I clicked on the use IE settings. So if you are looking for a good alternative that cooperates with IE, this is it. I like the search feature also, you have the choice of Goggle, Yahoo or Multi-search which will open a frame up at top of page where you can multi-search. This thing is nice and stable to I opened 20 tabs on this thing and it was still good, so out of these 2 I pick the Maxthon, same as IE and works with IE, but to me is better, and don't forget to try some of the great plug-ins you can add to this just click on tools and manage plug-ins and it will take you there, even has speed-dial plug-in like Opera so you can save your most frequently visted pages, does not have a edit button on the menu but, download the plug-in for that to.
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Hillary tromps rivals in Nevada

Posted: 10/10/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Hillary has a commanding lead in Nevada, holding 51% her closest rival is Edwards at 14%.
Nevada Democratic Presidential Caucus Preference

TheHill.com - Pelosi turning tables

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I knew this was coming, it's simple, every time we run into an obstacle or argument concerning a program or incentive for middle and poor America, we keep getting the song and dance budget rhetoric. Nancy should have been doing this from day one, my old saying to this is; Don't throw stones if you live in glass houses. The currant administration has reigned over the biggest budget wasting pork deals of history, runaway spending and waste are common-place except when it comes to helping middle America and the poor, at that point it is classified as being wasteful, wasn't it Cheney who said "Deficits Don't Matter."



TheHill.com - Pelosi steers spending debate to costs in Iraq


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White House threatens to veto housing bill

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Bipartisanship as long as it benefits the
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Tuesday threatened to veto Democratic-written legislation designed to provide affordable housing for low-income families, saying it opposed the way a newly-created trust fund would be financed.

In the first year of the fund, all money would be earmarked for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But the fate of the fund is tied to legislation to reform Fannie and Freddie as well as the FHA.

This is simply another attack on the middle-class, looks like we are just going to have to take the abuse until the election maybe then we 'might' get some relief. It seems every post I read around the web has something to do with the middle-class or the poor folks getting the shaft and now they threat of yet another veto and this one just like the health-care for children is skewed against the working class of this country, the first year all money would be earmarked for Hurricane victims of Katrina & Rita, but, ever since the Hurricane hit, those folks have got the shaft so it's nothing knew."Supporters of the trust fund say that it is a much-needed wedge against a troubling national motif: the destruction of affordable in-town housing, often at the hands of high-rise condominium and luxury home developers. (Chicago alone lost nearly 100,000 apartment units from 1989 to 2004, while gaining roughly an equal number of condos.)

The middle-class is getting the shaft because simply every program that would give some relief and is dwarfed in comparison to our spending on the wars, whether it be in the housing or in health care of American citizens, we always see the clear line of alignment with corporate America and the middle-class winds up bearing the burden of paying for the mess. Guess who I found in the New Orleans paper? Give up? None other than David Vitter, he tried to link Senate bill 1668 to building back slums? James Perry who is the executive director of Grater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center had this to say; Senate Bill 1668 grants a right of return to former New Orleans public housing residents and sets a deadline for the Housing Authority of New Orleans to make housing available, Perry said.

The bill “would make major improvements to some of the remaining and pressing housing needs on the Gulf Coast,” he said.

The bill calls for affordable housing units to replace every unit of demolished public housing, Perry said.

The bill would also allow income-eligible people living in trailers to receive federal rental assistance until the program ends in 2008, “providing a much-needed alternative to living in travel trailers or motels,” Perry said.

I wonder if Vitter also thinks it is a sin to deny housing to victims of Katrina based on inarguable claims in the "Big Easy"?


White House threatens to veto housing bill | Special Coverage | Reuters


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Trick or Treat

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This Sunset template I modified slightly, it was just aching to get into the season, perfect color combo,,,HAPPY HALLOWEEN month.

This is also breast cancer awareness month;

Pink For October

Get off this train

Posted: 10/08/2007 by Floyd in Labels: , ,
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I mentioned this in a post I done earlier about this Limbaugh thing, there are more pressing things to discuss than an idiot. I mean if Limbaugh had any decency at all (sarcasm intended) he would apologize for the remark himself, this is wasting time that could be spent over-riding a veto Bush done on the middle and lower class working families, it has went back and forth from this Limbaugh thing to the Republican fiasco about General Betrayus; It certainly was a remarkable performance in the United States Senate today with the world's greatest deliberative body getting together to decide whether or not to condemn a newspaper advertisement. Next week they'll be taking up the important question of whether taking down the New York Times Select pay wall makes the country more or less safe.
You don't see this much on Reason, me attacking the Left and the Right both. P.S; I hope those over 6 million kids that got shafted parents vote in force. So in closing I believe that Congress and the Senate owe the American people an apology for wasting "our" time. recently the defense bill was passed; The Senate passed this legislation authorizing $648 billion in defense spending, including military construction and Department of Energy defense-related programs, for the 2008 fiscal year.

Air America Radio
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Another Toe Tapper

Posted: 10/05/2007 by Floyd in Labels: , ,
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Joe DiFatta who dropped out of the Louisiana State Senate 1st District race had complained of having chest pains and might have had a minor heart attack, being his claim of dropping from the race, tonight the Times Picayune reported that DiFatta was twice detained for suspicion of lewd conduct in mall restrooms.

The report states that DiFatta watched a man use the bathroom while peering through a hole in a bathroom stall. The man held DiFatta until police arrived, at which time he was issued the misdemeanor summons and ordered to appear in court.

In the second incident, Jefferson Parish deputies working an undercover detail in a men's bathroom at Dillard's at Lakeside Shopping Center in March 2000 stopped DiFatta after he indicated a desire to engage in sex with an undercover deputy in an adjoining bathroom stall, according to an interoffice memorandum written by Sgt. Keith Conley, one of the deputies involved in the investigation.

Another similar incident involving another Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, pleaded guilty and recently lost a court battle to recant his guilty plea has vowed to stay on in the Senate, in apparent dismay to a lot of fellow Republicans.

First Draft: Another Toe Tapping Republican: Former member of Louisiana Republican State Central Committee dropped out of race just ahead of incidents exposed

Sen. Craig vows to stay on

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Contact Congress Republican & Democrat

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Contact any of your Representatives who are in Congress and the Senate to because if we can get the over-ride through Congress then the Senate will be next, first of all let me say that you have heard from many how the Democrats are weak and that they have no spine and to tell you the truth sometimes I believe it myself. This is a fight that American working families can not lose, this program has worked perfect for the last 10 years and has helped millions of families children and now they want to say it costs to much. which brings me to the Republicans how much spine do they have? If Bush says jump they jump and if Bush says sit, then they sit, I know you Republicans out there did not elect a bunch of lap dogs, if we want a nice lap dog I'll send my Pug to Washington. (updated; Oct 6, 2007)



In seven years, George W. Bush has used his veto power four times, this latest time against SCHIP, the bipartisan bill to provide health insurance for poor, uninsured children. This is the man who touts himself as "compassionate," and who allegedly cares about unborn children? This is the president who inherited a balanced budget, an incredible surplus budget, the president who wants to make permanent his tax cuts for the rich, the president who has asked for and received almost $800 billion for this quagmire in Iraq, and now he cares about a $35-billion program that will fund itself over five years and vetoes it because it's too expensive?

Tell Congress to use some of the war billions being borrowed from China to help finance the disaster built on lies and use some of that money to help care for our own, Congress needs some grit in their craw both Democrats and Republicans by overriding this veto of a program that has been tried and true for 10 years and help the children of poor working families of this country, the Republican candidates have already got on board with the veto and half of them do not even know what the program is, the article in the Times leads me to believe that the Republicans are trying to appeal to their base?? I wonder who that could be maybe corporate America, I know it is not the average Republican out there, the average Republican are working men and women, so this appealing to the base don't wash here.

Paul Krugman said it best when it comes to health care conservatives are such jokers, Bush's response back in July was thus; “I mean, people have access to health care in America,” said Mr. Bush in July. “After all, you just go to an emergency room.”
And Republican disillusionment with Mr. Bush does not appear to signal any change in that regard. On the contrary, the leading candidates for the Republican nomination have gone out of their way to condemn “socialism,” which is G.O.P.-speak for any attempt to help the less fortunate. So once again, if you’re poor or you’re sick or you don’t have health insurance, remember this: these people think your problems are funny.
Join me in signing the petition to Congress and demand an over-ride on this veto that effects millions of working class American children.



Candidates become lap dogs
Link in Reason SCHIP bill Vetoed
Read More about SCHIP

SCHIP Bill Vetoed

Posted: 10/03/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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SCHIP was created in 1997 as a block grant to give states flexibility to cover uninsured children in families with income above Medicaid eligibility levels. It allows states to set premiums and co-payments on a sliding scale based on income and covers a more limited set of benefits than Medicaid, SCHIP provides an enhanced federal match, but each state's funding for SCHIP is capped and some states have experienced funding shortfalls.
This explains basically what SCHIP is and how it fits into health care of our children, this is something we all need to realize we are talking about children here and not adults. In other words if you fall in the percentile above what Medicaid allows then the state can set premiums based on your income and eligibility, but, allocating the state only has a certain amount of funding that it is allocated. In short this is a program that helps those of us who may be a little over the Medicaid threshold but are not insured and it's design is to help our children who might be in this category, in the PDF I will link you to the graph of 2004 shows us that 46% fall under Medicaid while 21% fall under SCHIP 12% are ineligible, 13% are not eligible and 8% are immigrants.

So, what the veto means is the 21% are left out in the cold, but the graph is 3 years old so the number could be higher or lower based on the results today. The fact remains that we can find billions of dollars to fight this war but can't find in ourselves compassion for our own soil, our own citizens, children above Medicaid could see a doctor but now will have to weather the storm, no matter how you cut it this is the reality of it my friends. Since I have two PDF files listed I am assuming you guys have the Adobe Reader if not, you can download the latest version at Adobe Reader.
Another good article relating to the veto of SCHIP suggests that Bush's veto could erode even more of the Hispanic vote from the Republicans, before this is over Bush might be known as the man who destroyed conservatism as we knew it. I am going to paste a passage of the article and it says thus; "Republicans have a reasonable policy argument against the measure, but it sounds complex and abstract," Pitney said. "The Democratic argument is simple and strong: 'We want to help kids but Bush and his friends do not." I would really be interested in knowing what this so called argument is, because for the last 10 years SCHIP has provided a safety net to many uninsured children, America seems to be waking up to the truth and anyone who has read the current headlines lately or who has access to a computer knows that the Republicans condone and ask for billions to fight a senseless war but when it comes to the average American they always turn up on the side of the cronies and fat cats of Washington and politics.
The Atlanta Journal also states that 40% yes, 40% of Hispanic children get their insurance through the SCHIP program or Medicaid, they are not presenting me with a clear analysis of data on this I would like to know the percentage of Hispanics on Medicaid verses Hispanics on SCHIP? What is even more interesting is that Bush supports a modest increase of 20% in the program $5 billion over 5 years,,can you actually believe what you are reading? Let's break it down, $1 billion dollars a year, a non-partisan think tank estimates that 70% of children who would gain coverage are in families earning less than $40,000. In September of 2006 an analysis by Congress put the cost of Iraq war at $2 billion per week a 20% jump from 2005. In other words we can come up with all these billions to use in Iraq but when it comes to our own children they offer (Bush) us $1 billion a year.
Uninsured PDF Document
Another good PDF Document
Atlanta Journal
Related article in Reason (contact Congress)

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Time to start paying for Iraq America

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Well time to start paying for this mess may be sooner than later, if I am reading the article's right? I have harped so much on this blog about paying for this money pit that I start scanning the news early this morning and low and behold it is on my screen and it really is not news to me I mean you figure that sooner or later someone is going to have to ante up and that someone is us my friends, these article's are just touching the iceberg on the money pit known as Iraq.
The tax will range from 2% on the low tier to 15% on the big white-collar folks, it is start to sounding like a bad credit card, I figure 'our' take is probably from 8-10 percent give or take a few percent. A lot of the white-collar are holding up the war banner so they should be feeling pretty at ease now paying for the money pit. Apparently it is applied to the Iraq war and not Afghanistan,,"We need to stop pretending that this war doesn't cost anything," Obey said. The Wisconsin Democrat said the "war surtax" would only be applied to the costs of the Iraq campaign, not Afghanistan.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey said that there is no sense of shared sacrifice since the federal government continues to borrow billions of dollars to fund this crusade (sarcasm interjected)."George Bush compared the war in Iraq to the Revolutionary War," McGovern added. "If he really believes that, he should be asking everybody to sacrifice. For those of us who are against this war, who think it's a tragedy, the only thing that makes this tragedy worse is that the cost of this war falls on the backs of my kids and grand kids. If you don't like this war, and you don't want to pay taxes, then fight doubly hard against this war."
Meanwhile; “The president is asking Congress to appropriate an additional supplemental request of almost $200 billion,” the appropriations chairman, Representative David R. Obey, Democrat of Wisconsin, said at a news conference. “I have no intention of reporting out of committee anytime in this session of Congress any such request that simply serves to continue the status quo.”
Yesterday a bill was passed to give the Bush administration two months to present to Congress it's plans for withdrawal of combat forces, well at least they are talking about other things than Rush Limbaugh and move on dot org,I think this pity dainty stuff took up valuable time to do something constructive. But think about it,,do you see anything really coming of this? Majority leader Hoyer said our objective is to change course in Iraq, I wonder if he really believes this? A lot of time has been wasted on this Limbaugh and move on dot org, first, who listens to Rush? The guy is unbalanced why would I waste time on trying to best an idiot? Move on dot org, let'em advertise and move on, my point is that Congress and the Senate involved also is wasting time chasing shadows when they should be concentrating on how to end this mess and grow a spine and just do it, don't worry about what Rush says or move on dot org, they act like a bunch of kids on recess.
One other statement by Nancy;"Some have suggested that shared sacrifice should take the form of a draft; others have suggested a surtax. Those who oppose a tax and the draft also should oppose the President's war. Just as I have opposed the war from the outset, I am opposed to a draft and I am opposed to a war surtax."
That is a good statement in itself but let's look at reality and the cold hard truth, and that is,,someone will have to pay for this mess that goes without saying, then why not lay it on the table for all to see, either us or our grand kids will have to pay for these blunders and to stand and tell the American people I am opposed to means of paying for the war, is only kidding oneself.
Pay Up America
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Within Reason,all it takes is tax money
Move On dot org; General Betray Us
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Melting Ice opens up Northwest Passage

Posted: 10/02/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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"While a number of natural factors have certainly contributed to the overall decline in sea ice, the effects of greenhouse warming are now coming through loud and clear," Serreze said. "The implications for global climate, as well as Arctic animals and people, are disturbing."
This graph says it all or, at least since records have been kept 1979 to present, look at the steep decline in 2007.
More and more Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the effect we have on our environment and adopting this kind of attitude will certainly help our grand-children in the future the Science Daily conducted a poll on relevance to our environment and a growing number think that global warming is an important threat that calls for drastic change. 40% consider a presidential candidate's position on global warming as a major relevance and 62% believe that life will continue as we know it only if we act to curb global warming, after reading a few article's out there it seems that most Americans are genuinely concerned about the problem, but until we get someone in charge who are able to talk with diplomats and get something going we are going to be haunted by global warming.
Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Opens Northwest Passage
The past 1000 years graph
Science Daily

Install a second drive in hp pavilion a705w

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Let me follow up more so as to make it easier, first get a compatible drive (EIDE) I got one at Wal-Mart, Western Digital EIDE Hard Drive WD Caviar SE-7200RPM, I am giving you this one because I know for a fact it works in the computer, the one I got is 160GB, you can get a less one if you want to. Best to write down what I know works in this computer then we have no guess work,,if you are installing read on,,

Step-1; Loosen thumb screws and slide the side off the cover.


Step-2; Take your new drive and install it in the slot with screws provided (in a705w use the slot just above the USB port)


Step-3; Locate the Gray ribbon-wire, and gray 40 pin plug that is on the ribbion- wire and is empty, plug that into your drive.


Step-4; Locate the plug labeled P3 and plug that into your Drive.


Step-5; slide the side cover back on and tighten the thumb screws Turn system back on as usual, and after everything boots up, insert the CD that came with the Drive.When the screen comes up, click on; Run Data Lifeguard Installation Software. After this follow instructions you will need to click on; Set Up Your Hard Drive Follow instructions and the software will do the rest.
I wanted to add the internal drive because it cuts down on clutter and it is out of the way, gives a lot more storage for your photos or whatever you want to store on there.


Note; Assuming your shunt jumper is CS (Cable Select) this drive comes with this as default, when you get your drive look at the back where the gray-ribbon I spoke of earlier plugs in and you will see 4 sets of two prongs, with a little shunt jumper on a set of them, if you get this drive it is default on Cable Select, if you have a different computer do more reading on Cable Select, Primary "Master" ,Secondary "Slave" the set-up would be different. The instruction booklet you get with the drive will explain pretty much these terms above, read it carefully. I hope that I have not confused you, it is sometimes hard to think of every detail in steps when you go to try and type them all out. If someone has done this also please feel free to in-put also, this worked for me on this model of computer so it should work on yours, and the best advice is to do lots of reading on the subject and make sure you are comfortable with doing it, if you are, you have saved some money on the computer repair man or woman.
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Another good free program to help you with drives and formatting is called Swissknife V3 at the link scroll down the page and you will see the free software.
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Another scare tactic

Posted: 10/01/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Dean Baker puts the Bush scare tactic on Social Security in perspective with this post, seems Bush is up to his old scare tactics again, well, at least it's closer to Halloween,,trick or treat America.

Bush is again declaring war on Social Security, claiming that the program is going bankrupt and will impose an unbearable burden on our children and grandchildren. In an apparent effort to lay the groundwork for a future president to privatize and/or cut the program, the Treasury Department is circulating a new set of Bush stories that are designed to convince the public that the Social Security program must be changed.

Suppose we use the numbers from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) instead of the Social Security Trustees, since four of the six trustees are political appointees of the President. CBO tells us that the projected shortfall over the next 75 years is equal to 0.4 percent of projected income. This is approximately 30 percent of current spending on the war in Iraq and about one-fifth the size of President Bush’s tax cuts. In other words, if the projected Social Security shortfall has you worried, you should be absolutely terrified about the cost of the war in Iraq and paralyzed with fear by the revenue lost as a result of President Bush’s tax cuts.
Read the article over at; TPM Cafe

Install a bigger hard-drive in hp pavilion a705w the easy way

Posted: 9/30/2007 by Floyd in Labels: , ,
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First I have had this computer a few years it is a hp pavilion a705w running windows XP Home Edition on it, problem is the thing came with only 256MB of memory and a 40GB hard drive, a computer guy I know worked on it and put in a bigger power supply and put in another stick of memory, if you look in the back you see two thumb screws, loosen those and slide the side back and off, best of my memory you will see the stick of 256MB of memory or at least that was what was in mine, with the tower setting up-right in normal position the memory will be sitting in a vertical position, labeled DDR-1,DDR-2,,the 2 slot will be empty. In the empty slot I added 512MB SD Ram(SDR)(DDR PC-2700 memory), would have replaced the other one but did not have it at the time.The hard drive you use must be an EIDE hard drive, I got mine at wal-mart, it is;

Western Digital WD Caviar SE 7200 RPM (EIDE) There is software that comes with it to help you install the new drive and format it, it has added software on the CD if you wish to install Google Toolbar, Google Desktop and Picasa.
This one I got already had the jumper on the correct pins CS (cable-select)this is the default setting for WD EIDE hard drives if you get this drive read the instructions it is fairly simple, in your pavilion there is a slot just above your USB port in front, use this to install the drive, on your Grey ribbon cable you will have the 40 pin plug in the near vicinity, after you have the drive secure with screws plug it in,,now to get power from the supply,,it is a female 4 slot connector, plug it in the back of the drive where the four prongs are, these will be nearest to you, they have numbers also, plug in P3 in your new drive the one in the( main drive has P4 on it) and the one on your top deck (CD player has P2 on it), see can't miss. Handle your new drive with care, don't handle any of the components, don't stand on carpet when doing this, (static electricity) could damage the drive or computer. Now that all this is done, put it back together and reboot and insert the CD that came with it, it will lead you through formatting the drive and getting to use it./This is the only part you need to know to get use of your new drive, the second part of this post is I installed a new "Primary" also./ Anyway my problem was that I had gotten a Seagate 160GB (used off e-bay) and did not think it would arrive, but when it did arrive,,well,,why not use it as the "Primary"? Add that's what I did, remember the software I got with the Western Digital I used it to copy my original 40GB over and then booted from the secondary "slave", o.k,,I also had the original (8) disks from hp, if you don't get these with the computer make them give you a set of them. After I booted from the "Secondary" I formatted the Seagate with the tools, gave me a warning but said go ahead so then I had the "Master formatted" copied the data back over and it asked if this was the master boot and I clicked yes,,that is when I restarted and ran the (8) recovery disks. You need these disks no matter what even if you don't change your drives, I got hp to give me a set free just after I got the computer, after formatting my Seagate with the program that came with the Western Digital, after saving what I needed I made the Seagate the "Primary" and ran these disks on start-up, you will see a screen that says no operating system, put in disk 1 and follow directions from there on, after you are done you will have your recovery partition (FAT 32)labeled Drive-E and the other partition on the drive will be labeled (C)system. You need the recovery because if things go haywire you can give it a recovery date prior and it will roll back system to that date. After formatting the "secondary" drive it showed me 149.05GB same with the other one (when both partitions where added together, but in the system it shows the 160GB. A quick way to find out what partitions are on your computer is to click on start, click on run, type in this; diskmgmt.msc and click o.k and disk management will come up and you can see how much space you have, click on the help and it will explain what you can do.
PC-2700 512MB Photo
Wal-Mart Western Digital 160GB EIDE hard drive
Guide with pictures other reading
PC Mechanic
Partition Logic
hp recovery disks 8 disks
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Another good free program

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I have not posted some good free tools to use lately so here is what I have found useful,,one is Paint.NET you can do many things with photos or page headers if you are interested. You can re size from this program add special effects, and much more with this little freebie, you can even add layers with this program, special effects and things you would only find on programs that would cost you a few dollars.

You do need to have the .NET FRAMEWORK 2.0, but don't worry that is free also, what I am running is Windows XP and upon checking (Add or Remove programs) I only had the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1, so I downloaded the 3.0 with this Paint .NET link below it will have the link you can click on to get it don't be in any hurry if you have dial-up takes a long time, but mine installed without any trouble, but if you have any other versions such as such as beta builds of the NET Framework they will have to be uninstalled, but like me if you just have the 1.1 don't worry about it. You will need Service Pack-2 also. If you mess around with photos try this one out, I have found it most useful.
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Condi said what?

Posted: 9/27/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said climate change is a real problem, and world leaders should forge a new global consensus on tackling it. Condi went on to say; At the talks in Washington, Ms Rice said: "Though united by common goals and collective responsibility, all nations should tackle climate change in the ways they deem best." She challenged leaders to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels by moving toward energy sources that would reduce global warming - but without harming their economies. So,,any thing goes so long as you don't hurt the economy? Condi is part of the worst administration maybe in history on the environment but the statement in itself is vague because when it comes to the environment the record speaks for itself. Here is a link below to the NRDC who maintains the record from 2001-2005 on Bush policies affecting the environment. A poll posted in the Houston Chronicle showed that Americans do not buy the improving the environment speech, Only about one in five voiced approval of how President Bush, Congress and U.S. businesses have been handling the environment. And while decisive majorities said they want strong public and private action, fewer than one in 10 said they had seen such steps in the past year, according to the poll by The Associated Press and Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. Nearly six in 10 Republicans said there would be serious problems if global warming is not addressed, and more of them said the environment is worse than a decade ago — and will be even worse in 10 years — than saw improvements. Found a need blog out in the blogosphere with some interesting numbers and how if we could put those numbers to work we could improve a lot of things here at home including the environment;Every day George Bush and the Republican run Pentagon spends $720 million on the falsely justified, failing and futile occupation of Iraq. That is $500,000 every minute. Money that could EVERY DAY buy homes for almost 6,500 families or could outfit 1.27 million homes with renewable electricity or health care for 423,529 children. Pulled this from an article on Delaware watch. BBC NEWS | Americas | US urges climate change consensus NRDC Houston Chronicle Delaware Watch [+/-] show/hide This Post

Gates asks for $42 billion more

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Gates asks for $42 billion dollars more to carry on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which brings the current total for 2008 to $189 billion give or take a few billion. $11 billion is to purchase these (MRAP)Vehicles, it is for an additional 7,000 of these vehicle's as best I can tell they are talking about the Cougar, take a look at the photo's of this war machine. From what I have read these vehicle's have some hefty armor plate and should protect the troops much, much, better than the hummers so widely used.

From what I have read this is one beautiful war machine to say the least, however the price tag is hefty it should be able to save lives of our soldiers and that is the main thing. The protection of our troops is priceless you just can't put a price on that and they did not ask to be put in the situation they are in right now, now that they are there and looks like awhile longer to say the least we owe then the protection they deserve, just think of how many lives these could have saved if we implemented this in the beginning.
As Gates made a plea for more money he also emphasized that we need a small force in Iraq indefinitely, in other words stay and stay, but maybe just maybe after this election we can start putting this screw-up behind us. A transcript that surfaced Wednesday states that; US President George W. Bush threatened nations with retaliation if they did not vote for a UN resolution backing the Iraq war, according to a transcript published Wednesday of a conversation he had with former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar. The White House did not challenge the accuracy of the transcript, with national security spokesman Gordon Johndroe declining to comment.
USA Today
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Blogger quick change style sheet

Posted: 9/25/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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This is how I did a quick change to blogger without messing around with the widgets, I simply left them in place,,,


What I did was just change the style sheet I changed everything above the

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and left the bottom part in place, never tested it with a 2 column only a 3 because that is what I had, this way you can retain all your widgets and change the whole look of your blog. Now if you have code like I do inside the style sheet you would of course have to add it back in, but it cuts down on the job so to speak. This expand post I got off of Google Blogger help Groups, the javascript goes just above the

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of your template and the two lines of code goes in the style sheet of your page. The last of the code could be put in your formatting, in blogger just click on settings and click on formatting go to the bottom and you will see a little window (post template) paste that code there and save, that way when you are posting you will always see it in the create post area, click on Edit Html in your create post area and you can see the code and where to write your post. Where you see the id_for_this_article what goes there is anything you want but only use it once, if you use it more than once, everywhere you used the same id it will open those up also. Do not try this unless you are comfortable, and if possible make a test blog somewhere and try whatever you want on it. One other thing you can make the show/hide this post anything you want and it will show up. Note where you see the id_for_this_article when you make your post you will see it where you want your summary to end and the hid part begin, then at the end where your show/hide is it will ask for it in this code, make sure both of those id's are the same and it should work. Other hacks on this blog (at this time) are from Hackosphere and Phydeaux3 their links can be found in the sidebar hacks and tech links.(Hakosphere is the comments and Phydeaux3 is the labels and archive calender hack.)



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Giuliani's Rhetoric

Posted: 9/24/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Listen to Giuliani on the campaign trail and in the forefront you will hear him say how tough you have to be on terrorism to put things in perspective what did he say on 9/11? Asked on the day of the attacks whether they constituted an "act ofwar," he said, "I don't know that I want to use those words. . . . I'm totally confident that American democracy and the American rule of law
will prevail." This article will take you through his early years and how his rhetoric changed after starting to run for president, Hauer, the former emergency commissioner, said he does not know what to make of the rhetorical shift. In the 1990s, Giuliani "wanted to play the threat down," he said. "Rudy felt like talking about [terrorism] was alarmist. He never talked about it except in reaction to something.Now he's screaming that the sky is falling."

Giuliani portrays himself as the best candidate to fight terrorism and boasts not only is he a strong leader in a crisis but someone who was well aware of the terrorists threats long before 9/11, however his record seems not to bare this out. Other rhetoric in Rudy's white list is abortion, which you might say he was for it until he was against it, and it brought high criticism in New York earlier this month when a branch of St.Vincent Catholic Medical Centers named one of their new buildings after him, none other than the trauma center at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. Bishop DiMarzio was not aware of the naming of the trauma center until he read about it in the newspapers and a spokesman for DiMarzio had this to say;"While he recognized what Rudy Giuliani did for the trauma unit," Mr.DeRosa said, "he clearly disagrees with and is disappointed with Giuliani's pro-choice position."
But in 1999 Giuliani was quite clear on his position of abortion; "“I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights,” Giuliani said. He was then asked whether he supports a ban on what critics callpartial-birth abortions.“No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that
changing,” he responded. So by examining Rudy a little closer we can clearly see that his rhetoric does not match his actual stand on the issues, and let us take a closer look at his attitude on terrorism and see where that takes us; Jerome Hauer, New York's emergency management director from 1996 to 2000, said Mr Giuliani was closely involved in locating the city's crisis control room in the World Trade Center complex, even though it was a known terrorist target after the 1993 truck bomb attack which killed six people at the site.The location proved disastrous in 2001 as the building was set ablaze in the collapse of the adjoining twin towers. Rudy was instrumental in locating New York's crisis control room in the World Trade Center complex, fully knowing it was a "known" terrorist target. On the campaign trail Rudy keeps talking how tough he is on terrorism but a closer look at Rudy tells us this might just be rhetoric.

Washington Post
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Rudy in 1999 (abortion stance)



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The mushroom cloud

Posted: 9/23/2007 by Floyd in Labels: , ,
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A famous quote not so long ago when mustering up support for the Iraq war is when president Bush said;"Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud." Zbigniew Brzezinski a former National Security Adviser giving intake on the statements concerning Iran to that of statements made drumming up the war with Iraq. Brzezinski further stated a diapproval for the statements concerning Iran seeking nuclear weapons; "When the president flatly asserts they are seeking nuclear weapons,
he's overstating the facts," he said. "We are suspicious, we have
strong suspicions, but we don't have facts that they are." Brzezinski also said that Iran would probably have the capability to make nuclear weapons within 2 to 3 years.

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Talking up Iran

Posted: 9/21/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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This article I grabbed from the Telegraph, the headlines read: Bush setting America up for war with Iran, that is scary indeed. Many senior operatives within the CIA are highly critical of Mr Bush's handling of the Iraq war, though they themselves are considered ineffective and unreliable by hardliners close to Mr Cheney. Sources apparently also told the Telegraph that Bush promised Condi Rice that he would consult with Congress and representatives of both parties before any military action against Iran, under the understanding that Rice would resign if this did not happen.

Tehran held a big parade on Saturday to show off it's military might and to belittle the embargo placed on it, some trucks carrying missiles were painted in the back with slogans attacking both the U.S and Israel,,Threats and economic sanctions will not stop Iran's technological progress, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Saturday at a large parade featuring fighter jets and radar-avoiding missiles designed to show off the country's military might. "Those (countries) who assume that decaying methods such as psychological war, political propaganda and the so-called economic sanctions would work and prevent Iran's fast drive toward progress are mistaken," Ahmadinejad said at the parade.
The Telegraph
USA Today