Cantwell won't

Hot off the presses from a friend who works for Senator Cantwell:

Subject: Cantwell on Judge Roberts.

Dear Friends

Just Moments ago US Senator Maria Cantwell (My Boss) announced she will vote “NO” on the confirmation of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. After much consideration including a one on one meeting with Judge Roberts last evening Senator Cantwell came to the conclusion that she could not support the nomination of Judge Roberts without getting a clear understanding of his positions on important issues such as an individuals right to privacy.

The nomination of a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is one of the most important votes a US Senator will ever be asked to make and a decision of this magnitude is not to be taken lightly. Many of you have given your opinion on this matter to me and every one of your comments has been forwarded to the Senator in order to give her an understanding of the feelings of her constituency. I appreciate your comments and I hope you can appreciate the courage of the Senators convictions.

Regards
Bob

CBS News doesn't want to know

Rather Claims CBS Refuses To Allow Him To Pursue Bush Report

Dan Rather, who has continued to maintain that the documentation used in his much criticized 60 Minutes report about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service has never been disproved, said Monday that CBS will not allow him to try to authenticate it. Appearing on The Kalb Report on C-SPAN, Rather was asked by former CBS newsman Marvin Kalb, “You have an opportunity now, you’re a reporter for “60 Minutes,” that’s a very important program. Would you go now and go back to that story and do it again? And find the documentation that would, in fact, prove what you believe to be the accuracy of the story?” Rather replied, “CBS News doesn’t want me to do that story. They wouldn’t let me do that story.” When Kalb asked him why, Rather replied, “That’s a question you’d have to ask them. But I’ve moved on from it. And I’ve done my best to put it behind me.”

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What BushCo's pulling in the Gulf

I. From a friend:

NY Times: “The Labor Department has temporarily suspended government requirements that its contractors have an affirmative action plan addressing the employment of women, members of minorities, Vietnam veterans and the disabled [this includes disabled veterans] if the companies are first-time government contractors working on reconstruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.”

http://www.nytimes.com

Bush is anti-veteran to the bone: In a Rovian power grab conveniently blamed on the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, Bush suspended Federal contracting rules that require government contractors to hire war veterans and disabled veterans. At a time when returning war veterans face twice the unemployment rate of same-aged peers, Bush’s new policy is unconscionable. When does he get arrested and thrown in jail for going in the face of decades of progress? Will Bush and the Republican ideologues eventually declare the world flat and order us to believe his lies?

II. This one too is worth your time (although I don’t endorse its xenophobic implications):

Hi folks,
please read about this when you have a moment, and pass along the info to friends who care. I was just told about these two events and I believe someone has to do something to stop it.( That means we all contact our representatives and speak up. We can make this change.)

In light of the tragedy of the Gulf Coast hurricane damage President Bush has suspended several very critical protective acts. These are outlined in the MSN article below: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9259887/

Most of these changes involve the Jones Act and Davis-Bacon Act, which protect our shipping and minimum wages on federal contract jobs. (ALL of the gulf coast rebuilding has been no-bid awarded to Haliburton subsidiaries.) The suspensions open the door to illiegals to get $4.00 per hour jobs, instead of a decent wage being paid to the ones who need it most-the victims of the hurricane, who have no other home to go back to.

This is all just below the radar, but just happened this last few weeks- the Davis-Bacon suspension happening Sept 8. I don’t care if you are Republican, Democrat, libertarian, whatever. NO US president should employ these tactics under the guise of reconstruction of the devastated areas which will really put huge profits in the pockets of his supporters, and lay the groundwork for future labor law, immigration, and safety relaxations. These acts have opened our borders to illegals (dare I say potential terrorists?) by allowing illegals to legally operate shipping in our waters, and employing illegals and desperate foreigners (to whom $4.00 an hour is a gold mine) free access to our pipelines, oil refineries,and construction industry. These government contracts at below minimum wage will NEVER go away – from now on, there are no wage guarantees. Need a quick “so what?”- Jim works as a merchant mariner in the marine construction industry- the VERY industry these repeals affect- for him this means the need for his twenty years of experience and education and certifications can be wiped out by one contract for a captain from say for example a Latin American country where the standards are lower, costs are lower, and safety is an issue- but the wage will be less than 1/3 of what Jim has earned through his education and experience. the new contractor won’t pay that foreign captain health care or disability, it won’t provide a means for that captain to learn US Federal rules, because they no longer apply- get it? It’s all baby steps but each one moves us into dangerous and unprotected territory- our future.

For more Jones Act discussions, see http://www.lawkt.com/files/Jones_Act.html

Top Dems side with Bill O'Reilly

Top Democrats won’t attend anti-war rally in Washington
BY STEVEN THOMMA
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON – (KRT) – As the anti-war movement arrives in Washington this weekend, many top Democrats are leaving.

Nationally known Democratic war critics, including Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Russell Feingold of Wisconsin and John Kerry of Massachusetts, won’t attend what sponsors say will be a big anti-war rally Saturday in Washington.

The only Democratic officeholders who plan to address the rally are Reps. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia and John Conyers of Michigan.

Today’s leading Democrats head a party divided over the war, and many leaders are wary of standing with anti-war activists, who represent much of the party’s base. The divide between anti-war activists and Democratic leaders underscores a challenge the party faces in the 2006 congressional elections and beyond. Some activists say that Democrats such as Clinton and Kerry who criticize the war but refuse to demand a timetable for withdrawal are effectively supporting the status quo – and may not merit future support.

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"I've got no way of getting out."


No way out: Many poor stuck in Houston
By Deborah Hastings, AP National Writer

HOUSTON – Wilma Skinner would like to scream at the officials of this city. If only someone would pick up their phone.

“I done called for a shelter, I done called for help. There ain’t none. No one answers,” she said, standing in blistering heat outside a check-cashing store that had just run out of its main commodity. “Everyone just says, ‘Get out, get out.’ I’ve got no way of getting out. And now I’ve got no money.”

With Hurricane Rita breathing down Houston’s neck, those with cars were stuck in gridlock trying to get out. Those like Skinner – poor, and with a broken-down car – were simply stuck, and fuming at being abandoned, they say.

“All the banks are closed and I just got off work,” said Thomas Visor, holding his sweaty paycheck as he, too, tried to get inside the store, where more than 100 people, all of them black or Hispanic, fretted in line. “This is crazy. How are you supposed to evacuate a hurricane if you don’t have money? Answer me that?”

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Bill O'Reilly gets it good!

September 16, 2005
Debating Cindy Sheehan
Bill O’Reilly vs. Phil Donahue
By CounterPunch News Service
Transcript from the O’Reilly Factor, FoxNews

O’REILLY: In the past Miss [Cindy] Sheehan has criticized Israel, saying it is occupying Palestine, has called Iraqi insurgents “freedom fighters,” has accused Americans of killing people ever since we stepped on this continent, has threatened Hillary Clinton with the loss her job unless she calls for a pullout of US troops from Iraq and has called the US action against Afghanistan a failure. Quite a resume and with us now is Phil Donahue, who supports Miss Sheehan’s “dissent.” So, I’m assuming you don’t – you don’t support all her positions that I just chronicled.

DONAHUE: Let’s understand what’s happening here. Once again we have a woman who got to be just a little too famous for the people who support this war, a minority of the American population, by the way, and so the effort to marginalize this woman is underway and you’re helping out.

O’REILLY: I’m the leader of the pack!

DONAHUE: You’re suggesting …

O’REILLY: I’m the leader of the pack!

DONAHUE: First of all, Cindy Sheehan is one tough mother and nothing you say or anyone else is gonna slow her down.

O’REILLY: That’s fine. She has a right to …

DONAHUE: You can’t hurt her. She’s already taken the biggest punch in the nose that a woman can take.

O’REILLY: How?!

DONAHUE: She lost a son.

O’REILLY: Oh. OK.

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Another gift from Bush's FDA

New Flu Vaccine is Loaded With Mercury

GlaxoSmithKline’s new flu vaccine Fluarix was approved Wednesday for sale in the USA this fall under an accelerated FDA approval process. Another flu vaccine manufacturer, Chiron, moved closer to getting their license back; it was suspended when their flu vaccine was found to be contaminated with bacteria.

Chiron’s license was suspended by British regulators in October, and the FDA barred U.S. distribution of the vaccine, cutting the nation’s expected supply of flu vaccine in half.

GlaxoSmithKline expects to distribute 8 million doses of Fluarix and will begin shipping immediately. Chiron, if its vaccine is re-approved, could supply 18 million to 26 million doses of Fluvirin.

USA Today August 31, 2005

Dr. Mercola’s Comment:

It has been six years since the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Public Health Service joined forces in requesting the removal of all mercury-containing preservative thimerosal from vaccines.

A quick surf on the net easily reveals that this new vaccine indeed contains mercury.

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Don't let Bill O'Reilly get away with it!

Bill O’Reilly’s Outrageous Comments Demand Action!

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On September 14, 2005, President George W. Bush spoke before the United Nations General Assembly and thanked more than 115 countries and the UN for helping Americans deal with Hurricane Katrina.

“All together, more than 115 countries and nearly a dozen international organizations have stepped forward with offers of assistance. To every nation, every province, and every community across the world that is standing with the American people in this hour of need, I offer the thanks of my nation….Your response, like the response to last year’s tsunami, has shown once again that the world is more compassionate and hopeful when we act together. This truth was the inspiration for the United Nations.”

On that very same day, Bill O’Reilly, on his nation-wide Westwood One radio show, said:

“Bush to address the U.N., says we must be steadfast in battling terrorism. I’m sure all the U.N. people fell asleep. They don’t really care about anything over there at all. I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out. And I wouldn’t have rescued them.”

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TAKE ACTION: E-mail Bill O’Reilly and his boss at Westwood One, President & CEO Shane Coppola — demand that Mr. O’Reilly apologize for his outrageous remarks. GO!

This explains all those church services in Bush's concentration camps

OPEN FORUM
Faith-based disaster
David L. Kirp
Monday, September 19, 2005

That the Federal Emergency Management Agency mismanaged the Hurricane Katrina relief effort is old news. But there’s more to FEMA’s failure than simple bungling. The Bush administration’s core belief that faith-based organizations can do the job better than the government or experienced nonprofits has compounded the problem.

Immediately after the hurricane, there were only two secular organizations to which FEMA’s Web site urged that contributions be made; all the others were faith-based. What’s worse, in at least some instances, FEMA relied on faith-based charities to spearhead the emergency-relief effort, regardless of whether they had expertise. Case in point: Tulsa, Okla.

Years before Katrina, a coalition of public agencies and nonprofit groups in Tulsa, led by the Red Cross, had devised a disaster plan. In the wake of Katrina, the coalition quickly developed a detailed strategy to aid the survivors who, it was anticipated, would be sent to Tulsa — to provide help not just in the immediate aftermath but for the days and weeks ahead.

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