Obama Supporters Shutting Down More Blogs

Since our Typepad blog was targeted and shut down by Obama supporters similar actions are popping up all over the blogosphere.   Blogger sites especially seem vulnerable because of Google’s “flag this” button.  Obama people are flagging any blogs criticizing their candidate by flagging them.  Google shuts them down after a certain number of clicks and the owners then must fight to regain their right to free speech.

This all sounds so familiar.  

Recall that this is the same campaign which ripped off my work on My.BarackObama.com and refused to remove a plagiarized article from The Pennsylvania Progressive for two weeks.  Dozens of copyright violations of my work have appeared on MBO without permission and its been nigh on impossible to ferret them out and get the Obama campaign to do anything about the illegal theft of intellectual property.

Its gotten so bad I received a request today to contact Gen. Stewart and do an article on the PA National Guard troops heading back to Iraq.  I won’t do any more articles including Gen. Stewart because Obama volunteers steal them all.  Why should I waste my time writing for a campaign I’m not supporting (because of these extreme ethical lapses)?  I write for my own website and offering  more material for these Obama bloggers to rip off is a waste of time and will only lead to more litigation (which I hardly need).

It’s hard to fathom why these Obama supporters are such assholes.  It sure doesn’t help their candidate because there’s no way any blogger will join them after being dragged through all this BS.  What’s even more amazing is why the Obama campaign isn’t cracking down on these misfits.  This has been going on for months and is only getting worse.

This is why I’m supporting Cynthia McKinney.

News From Washington

Today’s press releases from our Democratic Congressional delegation:

ALTMIRE: INTEREST RATES ON FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS WILL DROP JULY 1

College Cost Reduction and Access Act’s interest rate cut will save Pennsylvanians starting college this fall an average of $2,580

(Washington, D.C.) — U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) today issued the following statement on the drop in interest rates on need-based federal student loans from 6.8 percent to 6.0 percent starting July 1st. As one of the key provisions of the historic College Cost Reduction and Access Act, this interest rate cut will save the average Pennsylvania student starting college this fall $2,580 over the life of his or her loan.

By 2011, interest rates on federal subsidized student loans will be cut in half to 3.4 percent, saving the average student with federal need-based student loan debt $4,400 over the life of his or her loan. Each year, 5.5 million students borrow need-based federal student aid.

“In recent years, the skyrocketing cost of college has become a huge financial burden for American families,” Altmire said. “During the 2006 election, Democrats pledged to make college more affordable and that’s exactly what we did by passing the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

“On July 1, millions of college students are going to see the real benefits of this legislation when they see a drop in the interest rates on their federal student loans,” Altmire continued. “Given our sluggish economy and the growing toll that high gas and food prices are taking on families’ budgets, this drop in interest rates could not have come at a better time.”

For the 2008-2009 academic year, in addition to the federal student loan interest rates being cut to 6.0%, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act will give students $4,000 in up-front tuition assistance each year if they commit to teaching high-need subjects in high-need public schools upon graduation. Pell Grant scholarships will also increase by $490 (raising the maximum award to $4,731). By 2012, the maximum Pell Grant award will rise to $5,400, a $1,090 increase from 2006.

Congressman Kanjorski to Announce Grant for Area Affordable Housing;

Vacant school site to be converted to low-income rental units

West Hazleton, PA, June 30, 2008 – Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski (PA-11) will announce the awarding of a grant to help convert the former E.A. Encke Elementary School site in the Borough of West Hazleton to much-needed affordable housing.

The announcement will be made Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 10 a.m. in City Council Chambers at the West Hazleton Borough Building, 12 South 4th Street. West Hazleton Mayor Mike Rockovich, Dave Fagula, executive director of the Housing Authority of Luzerne County, and area affordable housing, community and economic development and banking leaders will join Congressman Kanjorski and the mayor to announce the grant. Full details of the project’s status will be shared during the event.

The new housing project on Madison Avenue will feature 30 rental units for very-low- and low-income individuals and is part of overall revitalization planning in the Borough.

ALTMIRE: REVAMPED G.I. BILL IS NOW LAW

Pennsylvania veterans eligible for additional $14,000 to pay for college

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) today issued the following statement on the revamped G.I. Bill, which the president signed into law this morning as part of the supplemental funding legislation. Pennsylvanians who have completed more than three months of active duty service since September 11, 2001 could now qualify for a maximum educational benefit of $23,846 a year, which includes $12,164 for tuition, $1,000 for books and $1,186 per month for living expenses. This is a dramatic increase over the original G.I. bill’s maximum education benefit of $9,990 a year.

Earlier this year, Congressman Altmire joined Congressman Harry Mitchell (AZ-05) in introducing the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill – H.R. 5740), which was included in the supplemental funding legislation. More than 65,000 Pennsylvanians have been deployed since 2001 and could qualify for assistance under the new G.I. Bill. Veterans can find out more information on how to access these benefits by calling their universities’ veterans liaison’s office, calling 1-888-GIBILL-1, or going to www.gibill.va.gov

“Today, the promise of the G.I. Bill has been fully restored for our newest generation of veterans,” Altmire said. “As tuition costs rose in recent years, the real value of the G.I. Bill fell to the point where it covered only a fraction of the cost of a college education. Now, Congress has ensured that veterans will have the funding they need to pay for a quality education at any public university. I am confident that just like the millions of Americans heroes who went to college on the G.I. bill in the 1940s, today’s veterans will use this new G.I. Bill to strengthen our country.”

KANJORSKI STATEMENT ON ENACTMENT OF GI BILL AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENSION

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski (PA-11) released the following statement after the President signed the Supplemental Appropriations Bill into law, which included a new GI Bill and a provision to extend unemployment benefits for an extra 13 weeks for jobless workers.

“With almost 2 million American soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, I support the enactment of a new GI Bill today to provide full, four-year education benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, just as was done after WWII.  With many of our troops having served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, this action is long past due as current benefits pay only about 70 percent of a public college education.  These men and women are fighting to protect America, and today we proved that we are working to support them once they return home.

“Additionally, we are facing tough economic times.  Many families are personally feeling the effects of the slowing economy.  A recent spike in the unemployment rate marked the largest jump in two decades.  By expanding unemployment benefits for displaced workers, we are helping to provide much needed relief to Americans and their families right now.”

Bush Determined to Start War With Iran

Seymour Hersh published a devastating disclosure today about a covert program being run from VP Cheney’s office designed to ignite war with Iran.  We know we cannot trust the Vice President with anything important because he and his cabal of neoconservative hawks cooked the intelligence on Iraq through the corrupt folks in Doug Feith’s Pentagon group.  To think he’s running this military/intelligence operation is chilling.

This $400 million project is designed to send American death squads into Iran from Afghanistan to assassinate Iranians, bomb infrastructure and sow discord and create disruption.  To do so we’re funing state sponsors of terror we’ve identified including a group which twice bombed the World Trade Center.  Yes, the same group which included Ramzi Youssef and Khalid Sheik Muhammed.

The point is to goad Iran into taking some action for which George W. Bush can justify war.  This is all reminiscent of the Mexican War.  Back then the U.S. wanted to go to war with Mexico so we could seize what’s now the Southwestern U.S.:  California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Texas.  We sent our military across the border to pick fights with the Mexicans then when they retaliated we declared war.

Let’s not mince words here, what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are doing, with the blessing of top Democrats including Jack Murtha, is an act of war against Iran.  We have sent special forces through JSOC into Iran to destabilize the country by joining with minority groups.  Some of these groups we have identified as state sponsors of terror.

We are launching terrorist attacks inside Iran folks.  Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid both approved the operation out of fear of being labeled “soft on terror.”  The Bush campaign of fear mongering in 2004 is still having repercussions as weak kneed Democrats in Congress continue giving this White House unconstitutional expansion of powers.  They have no guts to stand for what is right or what is sane.

An American attack on Iran will make today’s gas prices seem reasonable.  Oil prices would skyrocket if war breaks out and Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz.  Sinking a few ships there would do the job and this is what Iran has repeatedly threatened.  Choke off all oil from the Middle East and you’ll see $10/gallon gas.

All this is designed to thwart an alleged Iranian nuclear program which the National Intelligence Estimate said does not exist.  

This is beyond insane.  Its incredulous that top Democrats would approve the Presidential Finding authorizing this operation and allow the wild ass crazies in Cheney’s office management of the Special Forces.  Of course impeachment of both the President and VP might avert total disaster (assuming President Pelosi comes to her senses).

DCCC Targets PA GOP

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting members of the Pennsylvania Republican Congressional delegation for their ties to Big Oil.   The price of oil has doubled in just six months.  How we long for the good old days of Democratic leadership when George W. Bush was blaming Bill Clinton for high gas prices.  Yes, it was June 2000 (see Buzzflash report) and oil was $10/barrel.  It crossed $143 today.

Here’s the commercial:

 

Gen. Wesley Clark goes for the jugular on the specifics of McSame’s military record

4-star General and NATO Commander Wesley Clark questioned McSame’s war experience this weekend on whether he was really qualified to run for the presidency. So McBush chickens out on answering the American people about his lack of judgment and recruits Bud Day of 2004 Swift Boat deception infamy to assault the military veteran (I’ve heard he’s creating a new group called “Truth Squad”). And you bet Day would politicize Vietnam in his attack. “General Clark spent a month in Vietnam, got badly wounded and was evacuated, that was his experience. I say let’s hold the two of them up and compare them.” Well, Clark realizes something McSame has failed to and it is that his compassion is so great that he understands how damaging war is to the psyche of the American trooper. 3-4 endless tours to Iraq to perpetuate an endless invasion for the Administration’s evil deception and greed for oil. Not to mention that McBush wants to continue the failed policy of sending lawless, Wild West-oriented mercenaries and contractors, Blackwater USA, to murder Iraqi families on the streets and McBush wants to continue the Administration’s policy of paying the contractors 3x more than our soldiers- to the detriment and neglect of our homeland and our ports (which are being sold to foreign countries)in a 3rd Bush term. All while the neo-cons totally ignored the war in Afghanistan and lied to the American people about who really attacked us on 9-11, which wasn’t Saddam, it was Osama bin-Laden. And did Bush capture bin Laden? No, he doesn’t even talk about it. He’s a liar with flawed and corrupt judgment, and so is his cabana boy, John McSame! Keep fighting and putting the heat on him for the American people, General Clark!

Response to a Racist

Dear Clown:

Usually I like comedy, but this is the biggest joke I have ever read. Okay, you have totally showed how much of a fool you are. The problem is that you should be a lot more willing to display your comedy in public, where it would get the publicity and response it deserves, especially in Baltimore! You’d be a neighborhood laugh riot. I don’t get why fools have to hide behind a keyboard to spew garbage.

It’s unfortunate why you have to spill parroted garbage from an archaic, old-time from long ago. All you’re speaking in is in tired-old stereotypes and propagated lies that you fantasize to believe in to cover for the fact that you hate yourself. It’s sad to have to use your computer technology from the industrial age to spew out Appalachian woodland brain farts with enough relevance as a bear defecating in the woods in the Dark Ages. I guess you represent what we’re evolving away from. Your fear and loathing of a society that is trashing a defeatist, divide and conquer ideology is becoming more and more passe and invoking change.

You’re going to have to live with the reality that our nation is more and more diverse and educated- and your father’s hatred is on the way out. You’re going to have to start living with it or get left behind and alone to yourself. It’s time to wake up: your beliefs are now irrelevant.

Letter From A Racist

I received this email who cited numerous statements made by Ron Paul in his diatribe.  

“…our country is being destroyed by a group of actual and potential terrorists — and they can be identified by the color of their skin.”

“Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty, and the end of welfare and affirmative action…. Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the “criminal justice system,” I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

“We are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, but it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings, and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers.”

i live in the black city of baltimore maryland.  recently when i served on a jury a black woman made the comment, “how come all the white people are voting guilty.”  so called progressives think reverse racism like this is just fine. if the defendent in this case was white and i had said, “how come all the black people are voting guilty i would have been run out of the court house on a rail.  the majority of the crime in this country and certainly in baltimore,  maryland is commited by black people.  why is that? they only comprise ten percent of the population yet they commit eighty percent of the crime.  could it be its because they are indoctrinated with race hatred and other destructive ideas by the communist democrat party?

the blacks are being used as a battering ram to tear middle class society down.  this makes the country more easily controllable by the upper class elite (the ZOG, zionist occupation government).

About a year ago I wrote an article exposing Ron Paul as a white supremacist (at the Typepad blog). This man’s response was tot hat article and arrived in my inbox this morning.  His email is mark897_21230@yahoo.com.

My response:

Dear Racist,

Please remove your white sheet and listen to some reason.  “could it be its because they are indoctrinated with race hatred and other destructive ideas by the communist democrat party?”  Perhaps it’s the Republicans who display nooses and marched against civil rights laws.  Maybe it’s those who who have denied Blacks equal rights and equal access, equal educational opportunities and then condemned them for not being successful.  Perhaps it’s the white hunters who refuse to pass common sense gun laws to keep guns from gangsters who have no other hop of surviving in  our racist society than being criminals.  Wake up and see the social causes for these problems.  They aren’t race based but class based.

John

How would you respond to this white supremacist?  Here’s your opportunity.

McCain’s Defaulted on Property Taxes

John McCain admitted earlier this year that economics isn’t his strongest suit.  Neither is finance.  It seemed fine when he got caught doing illegal favors for his wife’s family banker friend Charles Keating but has unraveled now as San Diego County got ready to foreclose on their condo there for refusal to pay property taxes.

The ocean front condo is one of eight homes owned by John and Cindy McCain so I imagine keeping track of all those utility bills, taxes and expenses gets complicated.  This is why Cindy Hensley McCain’s family trust had a bank oversee these complicated matters.

The bank failed to pay the property taxes.  San Diego says the tax bills were returned by the postal service as undeliverable.  No one noticed there hadn’t been any tax payments on one of their eight houses for four years?  Is this the way John McCain administers financial affairs?  He can’t even mange his own let alone the nation’s.

Not to worry however since it wouldn’t have been John and Cindy being evicted by Sheriff’s Deputies.  No, they have their own mansion in Arizona, a ranch elsewhere in the state (what a sweet deal that was!) and six other homes and condos spread around.  No, it would have been one of Cindy’s elderly aunts tossed out on the street.

In a sign of their compassion for “the little people” they saved her the embarrassment and finally paid their taxes.

The Passing of a Friend

Opening this morning’s newspaper I was jarred to see the obituary of a friend.  Pete Archey was a very dedicated and active advocate for senior citizens and his career centered on health care.  It’s a shock to see him gone so soon, only 70 years old.

I met Pete at a Medicare Part D rally in Topton, sent there on a request from the Lois Murphy campaign to record Congressman Jim Gerlach.  Instead of taping the Congressman (I already got some damaging video for them, which they then lost) I watched Pete give a great comprehensive, and critical, presentation.

We saw each other at many Berks County area events, especially County Commissioner meetings.  He was a tireless advocate for the elderly and was constantly their watchdog.  Sometimes he’d slip me a note and he was always assisting me in my efforts with Healthcare 4 All PA.  I would get his notes and emails with various questions about the legislation and I appeared on one of his BCTV panels on health care.

Pete had long and extensive experience in health care issues.  At one time he was Executive Director of the PA Association of Area Agencies on Aging, project director at the State Department of Health, director of the Health Care Cost Containment Council and Executive Director of the Health Systems Council of Eastern Pennsylvania.  This experience was especially valuable for those of us advocating for real, genuine health care reform.

Pete was always willing to share his knowledge and expertise for the common good.  He had no personal agenda, something quite rare these days.  I’m going to miss Pete.  Farewell my friend and I hope your family buries you with your hat.