Allen Hearts Baum

No surprise really, but George Allen seems to like hanging out with racist scumbags.

Gordon Baum used to host a radio show with a particular fan of mine….

I’ve discussed the CofCC before, but anyone who has a fascination with the South that Allen has demonstrated thoughout his life knows that the CofCC is an offshoot of the White Citizen’s Councils in the South. It was essentially the nice Klan and considered a more ‘reputable’ segregationist group. They also support the segregationist academies in Mississippi.

For a little fun, notice this picture here with Baum. Picture 4 shows Baum standing with a bunch of the assclowns on their Confederate Memorial Day. If you look over a few people you’ll see a guy with a suit, red hair and a goatee. That’s Frank Weltner–the guy who runs Jew Watch.

He’s a piece of shit. I’ve interviewed him briefly because he was backing a local Alderman and I was trying to expose that link . He lied repeatedly to me trying to save the Alderman’s skin. Lying is one of his better characteristics frankly.

Allen sought out the CofCC during the CPAC conference.

This man shouldn’t be a US Senator. Make sure the people of Virginia help rectify that grievous error.

UPDATE: Fixed link about Weltner. To learn more about Weltner go here.

My take on the Holt letter

The RFT article on the letter.

Dan Seals Interview

Dan graciously gave me 30 minutes of his time and I’ve turned into a podcast.

Download it here as an mp3 or if you use the rss feed, it should show up as a podcast–you can add it to your podcasting client as I expect there to be several more soon, though hopefully my interviewing will improve.

Dan is pretty amazing and I have to say all of the noise about him is well justified. Remember, he’s a Daily Kos/MyDD/Swing State Project netroots candidate so be sure to donate.

Democracy on the March

I mean, if we leave, it might become a haven for terrorists….

Iraq’s prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, has angrily charged American forces with undermining national reconciliation after a US-led raid in the eastern Baghdad stronghold of the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr reportedly caused the death of three people, including a woman and a child.
The forthright criticism of US tactics comes just days after the launch of a much-publicised American-Iraqi crackdown, supported by Mr Maliki, on sectarian Sunni-Shia violence in the capital. But in a statement on government television late last night, Mr Maliki said he was “very angered and pained” by the latest operation, which involved air and ground forces in the volatile Sadr City area early yesterday morning.

“Reconciliation cannot go hand in hand with operations that violate the rights of citizens this way,” Mr Maliki said.

Travel Day

Slow until tonight or the morning.

I’ll be doing an interview tomorrow morning so if all goes well, it’ll be up tomorrow—Dan Seals agreed to an interview and I’m going to use that as a guinea pig for podcasting.

The War Against Contraception

It’s really not a joke that the right wing is attacking contraception, not just abortion.

The store’s head pharmacist, who knew Noesen’s concerns, had agreed to personally fill such prescriptions, but he was out of town for the weekend. Renz asked where else she could get the prescription filled. Noesen declined to tell her. Renz went to the local Wal-Mart, but when the pharmacist there attempted to transfer her prescription over the phone, Noesen refused.

So, not only would this man not dispense contraception, he wouldn’t allow the patient to have the prescription transferred.

Is it getting through how dangerous this is? It’s not just about personal conscience, it’s about substituting a far right wing view of contraception for a woman and her doctor.

Want more evidence, Illinois Family Institute is now crusading against a compromise to make Plan B available to adults without a prescription even after the FDA found it safe.

The Peter Principle

You screw up and lose a huge undertaking, you get booted upwards to national organizing. Pretty impressive Petey.

For your daily funnies, you can go to Petey’s new/old project, Americans for Truth. From the looks of it, we might have more fun as Petey expands and deals with issues in science as well as family issues. I can’t wait–is Petey a believer that the Earth is 6,000 years old? Place your bets.

CIA and the Cocaine Trade out of Nicaragua

Kevin Drum covers the 10th anniversary of the San Jose Mercury News’ series on the CIA ignoring that many Contra leaders were cocaine traffickers. Never mind that many were a part of Somoza’s National Guard that routinely used rape and torture to intimidate opponents–oh, and murder too.

It’s not real surprising. The night after having a drunken dinner across from the Intercontinental Hotel (no we didn’t stay there–we were in a middle class neighborhood near the US embassy) one of the key Contra leaders, Colonel Enrique Bermudez was killed in the hotel’s parking lot.

The thing is that even La Prensa, run by the then President’s brother-in-law and anti-Sandinista Chamorro family, didn’t try and blame the Sandinista’s for the death. Everyone knew it was drug related and while it was big news, it wasn’t terribly surprising.

On the State Republican Party Campaign Finance Filing

I mentioned it below several days ago, it’s no big deal at all–it’s simply the accounting required by the FEC. The basic problem is the FEC has a bizarre and burdensome accounting requirement and so the state expenditures have to go to the federal account and, of course, both parties in Illinois utilize corporate donations which is legal for state expenditures.

Alan Keyes In Missouri

Apparently he knew I was in a bit of a blog funk:

Alan Keyes, the keynote speaker, said embryonic stem-cell research is the moral equivalent of Nazi medical experiments on the inmates of death camps during World War II.

He’s on this mini-tour with Rick Scarborough and David Limbaugh. I just wish to thank them for the support for the stem cell initiative on the ballot here in November. With those three against it, it’s clearly going to pass quite easily and I can already invoke Godwin’s Law

Via Roy.

I believe the Illinois Republican Party is setting up a Minuteman type of project to keep him from crossing the border.

Quick Note

Back at the beginning of July I taught a seminar to a group of elected and professional local finance and election folks at a conference in San Francisco. The cool thing about that is that they are very interested–so much so they show up at a conference to actually learn something. There is a certificate they receive once they have enough of the classes, but that hardly gets you reelected. It does, hopefully, train you to be more effective.

There were a couple of Illinois folks there, one was Lee Newcom of McLean County. Lee and I had a small go around about some events that were long ago some time ago, and first, I have to say he was one of the most pleasant people who I’ve ever called out. He didn’t threaten to sue me for slander or anything else which is usually the first response. He engaged me in a discussion and we agreed to disagree. We were able to talk after the seminar and without going into the long details, I was completely satisfied with Lee’s explanation over our point of contention and I apologize. I also have to say that he’s brining a good deal of modernization to his office in McLean County and that is great to see it. I know one critical thing from my perspective is an emphasis on historical preservation.

Don’t get me wrong, Lee and I agree on about zero on the ‘big’ issues, but I find him to be a pleasant guy and honest. McLean County voters can also be assured that when he traveled to the event, he, unlike many, actually took part in the conference for more than socializing.

And, of course, with a name like Newcom, I reserve all rights to use it in pithy headlines….

Why So Slow?

I’m really baffled by the level to which a person can be elected President of the United States and be this much of a dolt:

?I sensed a frustration with the lack of progress on the bigger picture of Iraq generally ? that we continue to lose a lot of lives, it continues to sap our budget,? said one person who attended the meeting. ?The president wants the people in Iraq to get more on board to bring success.?

That’s inbetween ducking the assassination attempts? Get more on board? Give it the old college try?

More generally, the participants said, the president expressed frustration that Iraqis had not come to appreciate the sacrifices the United States had made in Iraq, and was puzzled as to how a recent anti-American rally in support of Hezbollah in Baghdad could draw such a large crowd. ?I do think he was frustrated about why 10,000 Shiites would go into the streets and demonstrate against the United States,? said another person who attended.

Stunning.

One participant in the lunch, Carole A. O?Leary, a professor at American University who is also doing work in Iraq with a State Department grant, said Mr. Bush expressed the view that ?the Shia-led government needs to clearly and publicly express the same appreciation for United States efforts and sacrifices as they do in private.?

Essentially they should commit political hari-kari to make Bush feel better and then allow more radical people to take over. What a great analysis.

The White House began to open its doors to a wider range of views earlier this year, after acknowledging that months of complaints after Hurricane Katrina that the president and his team were isolated ? ?living in a bubble? was a frequent refrain ? had gotten through. But that accelerated after Joshua B. Bolten became White House chief of staff in the spring.

Wait for it:

?They wanted new insight, so they could better understand the arena in which they are making policy,? said Mr. Nasr, author of ?The Shia Revival.? He said he got no sense that the Bush administration was contemplating a shift in its Iraq policy.

Some who have been brought into past meetings with President Bush, even fierce critics of the conduct of the Iraq war, give credit to the White House for beginning to listen to alternate viewpoints.

They are listening and then ignoring it all. But that’s worth reporting as evidence of the new attitude of openness?

So….now, NOW, it’s a good thing to start listening to alternate viewpoints? Now.

Holy Shit is this country in trouble. 2 1/2 more years of Alice in Wonderland and I can’t even begin to grasp what else these people can fuck up.