Friday, July 16  Issue # 32

TODAY'S ACTION ALERTS
Send a public comment about the recently changed logging road rules.

FEATURED ARTICLES
Kevin Phillips pens a brilliant article spelling out a how Kerry can win.

Florida elections look to be a sham again this year.

Norm Ornstein demands verifiable election results.

Is a U.S. military exercise intended to bait China into engaging? Chalmers Johnson ponders.

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES
John Ascroft continues to silence CIA whistleblower Sibel Edmonds

Senate passes tobacco buyout bill which includes FDA tobacco regulation.

David Sirota recognizes the growing rift between the wealthy elite and fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party.

Eric Alterman takes a look at the bias of Fox.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Nothing's ever really changed. What difference does it make whether it's the Corporate state or the Nation state? In our struggle for freedom we still find ourselves fighting the state."
-Jay Terpstra

TODAY'S BUSHISM
"It's amazing with the software that has been developed these days that enable a camera to distinguish the difference between a squirrel and a bomb. "
-June 24, 2004

BLOG OF THE DAY
From the Trenches is an informed blog which speaks from the soul of the working class. From taxes and consumer affairs to labor and international corporations, FTT has it covered. The perspective is unique in the blogsphere, and well worth a read every day, especially for those of us who feel the pinch every time corporations need to fill investor pockets..

NEWSWORTHY
The couple thrown out of a Bush rally for wearing anti-Bush shirts had their charges dropped.

Media Matters calls John Gibson on his blatant lies...er..."untruths."

Soldier blogger in Iraq is ordered to cease publishing.

DRUG WAR UPDATE
Author Joel Miller argues that DARE is killing families, not stopping drug use.

Los Vegas local details the failed and expensive drug war.

LINK OF THE DAY
I don't usually link news pieces in this section, but this story needs to get media play, so spread the word: Seymour Hersh, who is a well-respected and reputable journalist, claims to have seen video from an U.S. controlled prison in Iraq which shows U.S. troops sodomizing young boys. This goes well beyond "fraternity pranks", don't you think, Rush?

SITE OF THE DAY
The Village Voice has consistently delivered progressive content which often attacks subjects other news outlets have overlooked or "missed".

COOL SITE OF THE DAY
Want to find out what the blogs are yacking about today? What links are popular right now? Looking for specific content in the blogosphere? Intelliseek's Blog Pulse is the site to check.

ONLINE VIDEO OF THE DAY
Bush and Kerry do "This Land is Your Land".

CLAPS, SLAPS, AND THE MIDDLE FINGER


Claps To the U.S. House, including my Congressman, Walter Jones, for voting to block aid to Saudi Arabia in the Foreign Appropriations bill passed late Thursday night. This is a serious rebuke of Bush Administration wishes, with Bush crying that this will "severely undermine" anti-terrorism efforts in that nation. However, it has been clear to anyone who would bother to look that the Saudis have supported the U.S. in daylight and funded terrorists by night. In fact, the Saudis look only to pay off groups to stay out of the kingdom, and could apparently care less whether U.S. interests are seen to. The Congressional vote was the correct one, and should be followed closely by serious pressure on the Saudis to honestly participate or else we'll....never mind: we already have Iraq...

Slaps to the Bush administration (man, this is getting old) for stalling the handover of documents in a U.N. investigation into contracts in Iraq. Specifically, the International Auditing and Monitoring Board has been consistently rebuffed by the U.S. while trying to obtain information about contracts such as those awarded to Halliburton. As the U.N. ambassador to the IAMB put it, "there are weaknesses that could lead to fraudulent activities. It makes it easier to defraud the system if the controls are weak." For a bunch of grown men who claimed they were returning "adults" to the White House, they sure are acting like a teenager with a porno mag.

My Middle Finger goes to the dirty bastards in numerous government agencies which have decided to outsource government jobs rather than ensuring American citizens can find work. According to LATimes reporter Warren Vieth, more than 40 state governments have sent work to nations such as India. WTF? When our own governments do not reinvest in our communities, the corporate republic is clearly our form of governance. No longer do we send our tax dollars to create jobs for U.S. workers. Instead, foreign firms are winning contracts paid for by our tax dollars. If this doesn't sound a serious warning about the incestuous relationship between corporations and government, you need to receive a SLAP along with this Middle Finger. (thanks to Mick at From the Trenches)

ANIMAL RIGHTS WATCH
Woman who offered her pet pig as bait to catch tiger will face charges.

New Orleans operates a "Neuter-on-Wheels".

More racing greyhounds, this time in Rhode Island, test positive for cocaine.

Australian research wants veterinarians to help spot child abuse.

CANDIDATE OF THE DAY
Al Weed is trying to win a Congressional seat in the 5th district of Virginia. Weed, who includes being a farmer, a soldier, and a college graduate on his list of life experiences, once served as Technical Advisor to the U.S. Director of the World Bank. After a stint as an Army Green Beret in Vietnam, Weed eventually moved back to the farm, though has stayed active in numerous committees and groups.

DAILY PHOTO
Karl Rove: What an asshole


TODAY'S POLITICAL CARTOON



HISTORY LESSON
With the Bush Administration removing logging road restrictions on natural areas, requiring state governors to "opt-in" to the ban, it is time to quick look back at Clinton's environmentally-friendly action.

STRANGE HAPPENINGS
I swear, they would take your last damn nickel.