Tuesday, March 4, 2008

NEWS STORIES FROM THE REAL BUT STRANGE WORLD OF AMERICA AND IT'S 'INTERESTS'

  • GOING TO JAIL FOR BEING A DEMOCRAT: HOW ALABAMA GOV. DON SIEGELMAN GOT ROVED By Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch
Once a popular governor of Alabama, Siegelman was framed in
a crooked trial and sent to prison by the corrupt Bush
administration.
http://www.alternet.org/rights/78407/

  • NOAM CHOMSKY: WHY ISN'T IRAQ IN THE 2008 ELECTION? Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now!
The public is massively against the war, and the Dems are
debating over tactics in Iraq -- here's why.
http://www.alternet.org/election08/78408/

  • THE CORPORATE THREAT TO WATER AND THE WATER JUSTICE MOVEMENT'S FIGHT TO PROTECT IT By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
An interview with international water guru Maude Barlow and
clips from the new documentary "Flow: For Love of
Water."
http://www.alternet.org/water/78286/

  • MICROTRENDS VS. MACROTRENDS: WHY OBAMA IS WINNING By Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
Clinton guru Mark Penn tried to slice the electorate into
the "small forces behind tomorrow's big changes," while
Obama tried to unify us.
http://www.alternet.org/election08/78410/

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Though John McCain has repeatedly claimed he took on Jack Abramoff and the Republican culture of corruption, a recent story revealed that McCain covered for his friend, Alabama Governor Bob Riley, who was fighting a tight re-election battle at the time, by refusing to release key evidence that would have linked Riley to the Abramoff scandal. Yesterday, Riley returned the favor by endorsing McCain.


As chair of a committee conducting an investigation on Abramoff, McCain had access to an incriminating email sent just one month after Riley was elected to office detailing what Abramoff wanted Riley to do in return for the contributions Abramoff's tribal clients directed toward his campaign. But instead of including the email in his report on the Abramoff scandal, McCain instead chose to withhold the email, shielding Riley from becoming implicated in the scandal as he was waging a bitter fight to keep his seat, a race that even Karl Rove became involved in. [Huffington Post, 2/25/08]


This cycle of quid pro quo seriously calls McCain's integrity into question and is further evidence that the so-called "maverick" isn't the Washington reformer he claims to be.

McCain Didn't Investigate Republican Colleagues for Their Illegal or Unethical Behavior. John McCain's Indian Affairs Committee hearings failed to go after federal lawmakers who benefited from Jack Abramoff's lobbying. "McCain said his committee continues to examine all the financial angles of where the $82 million ended up, as well as other political and charitable contributions the tribes made at Abramoff's request. But he reiterated that he was following the money trail, not the legislative actions taken by Members of Congress. 'We stop when we find out where the money went,' he said." [Roll Call, 3/10/05]


McCain Acknowledged That Some Legislators Had Committed "Wrongdoing," But Refused To Investigate. Asked if he believed that some legislators had committed a crime related the Abramoff scandal, Senator McCain said "There's strong evidence that there was significant wrongdoing, but I'm not a judge or jury," and refused to investigate his colleagues in Congress, saying "I will not, because I'm a chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. This was brought to our--this whole thing started--was brought to us--attention by some disgruntled tribal council members in a small tribe in Louisiana, and we took it as far as we thought was our responsibility, which is where the money ends up." [NBC, Meet the Press, 12/4/05]

Mr. Natural said...

Thanks a lot, Anony! McCain is so fucking DIRTY. Too bad too, because he certainly did give a lot to his country. Being a war hero 40 years ago does not qualify one to be President. Not only THAT, but this is the guy who allowed his own party to slime his military credentials and has come back to them again and again (re-the picture of him hugging the decideer).

As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.