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Kerry Pledges to Build a Stronger Economy for America's Families

June 15, 2004

Atlantic City, NJ

A Stronger Economy for America’s Families

At events in New Jersey and Ohio today, Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry pledged to strengthen and expand the middle class by building a stronger economy for America’s families.

Saying our economy should help families save and get ahead, Kerry laid out his comprehensive plan to create new, high-wage jobs and provide families with relief from rising every day costs and mounting debt. “It’s time to remember a basic truth: a stronger America begins right here at home,” Kerry said. “I believe in building up our great middle class — respecting their work, honoring their values and lifting them up in the toughest of times. I’m running for President because I want an economy that strengthens and expands the middle class, not one that squeezes it.”  read more »

Fahrenheit 9/11 premiers

Michael Moore’s new movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, premiered last night in Manhattan. Here’s one review of the film that caught my eye:

But once “F9/11” gets to audiences beyond screenings, it won’t be dependent on celebrities for approbation. It turns out to be a really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail.

As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President George Bush, “F9/11”—as we saw last night—is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty, and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice. Readers of this column may recall that I had a lot of problems with Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine,” particularly where I thought he took gratuitous shots at helpless targets like Charlton Heston. “Columbine” too easily succeeded by shooting fish in a barrel, as they used to say. Not so with “F9/11,” which instead relies on lots of film footage and actual interviews to make its case against the war in Iraq and tell the story of the intertwining histories of the Bush and Bin Laden families.


But, really, in the end, not seeing “F9/11” would be like allowing your first amendment rights to be abrogated, no matter whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat. The film does Bush no favors, that’s for sure, but it also finds an unexpectedly poignant and universal groove in the story of Lila Lipscombe, a Flint, Michigan mother who sends her kids into the Army for the opportunities it can provide—just like the commercials say—and lives to regret it. Lipscombe’s story is so powerful, and so completely Middle American, that I think it will take Moore’s critics by surprise. She will certainly move to tears everyone who encounters her.

Here’s the kicker: the reviewer is Roger Friedman of — wait for it — Fox News.

Repubs get a clue; frost warnings for Hell tonight

When John Ashcroft gets no turkee from Idaho Republicans, you know the Patriot Act is in trouble. At their convention in Boise last week the state GOoPers added a platform to their plank revising the well-derided act. Betsy Z. Russell in today’s Spokesman-Review writes:

The GOP platform plank reads, “The Patriot Act is necessary to facilitate the cooperation between law enforcement agencies. We support appropriate amendments to limit the incursion upon personal freedoms, rights, and liberties of American citizens.”

Shorter Idaho Republican Party: “Hey, we just remembered — we don’t like government intrusion!” I guess even a blind elephant finds a peanut once in a while. At least they’re finally in good company.

Moscow’s City Council last week also passed a resolution critical of the Patriot Act on civil liberties grounds. Others in Idaho that have passed such resolutions include the city of Boise, the East Bonner County Free Library District, and the Idaho County commissioners in north-central Idaho.

I’d like to believe the wingers’ enlightenment is more than transitory, but I won’t hold my breath. Still, with all their marriages collapsing due to the Gay Menace™ (see Limbaugh, Rush), I suppose anything is possible.



Bush to Repubs: "Where's the love, man?"

If it weren't for his wingut base keeping him from freefall, Dubya would be curled up under his bed right now, whimpering. CNN says:

Several former presidential diplomatic and military officials have signed a statement condemning the Bush administration's foreign policy, saying that it has harmed national security, one of the document's signers said Sunday.

Many of the signers were appointed by Republican administrations.

Phyllis Oakley, the deputy State Department spokeswoman during former President Ronald Reagan's second term and an assistant secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton, said the statement was "prompted by a growing concern, deeply held, about the future of the country's national security."

The statement clearly calls for defeat of the Bush administration, she said, although it does not endorse any candidate.

"We are on the wrong track, and we need a fundamental change," said Oakley.

That banging sound you hear is Karl Rove thumping his head repeatedly against the top of his desk. Hey, it's got a beat and you can dance to it!

Idaho Progressive Caucus

The recently-formed Idaho Progressive Caucus — made up of former supporters of Howard Dean's presidential campaign — is working to get their website up, but their Statement of Principles and Positions can be found online here.

Idaho Progressives value progressive ideals and fiscal responsibility. These values lay the foundation for our prosperity and happiness. The building blocks of a great future for Idaho are: world-class education, good jobs, fair taxes, efficient government, an unmatched quality of life and a just society.

Good stuff. These folks sound like they're locked and loaded for the Idaho Democrats convention in Pocatello this week. I look forward to seeing how organized they are.

Back on the BFA blogroll & AP interview with Dean

I was just going over the stats here on the site and saw someone had come over and checked us out via a link from Blog for America. Curious, I headed over to take a look and, lo and behold, we were back on their blogroll (over on the right side of the page, as Democracy for Idaho). That's just too cool for words — thanks, folks!

I had read via DailyKos earlier today that there was an interview with Governor Dean that the AP had recently conducted, but couldn't find it. It's now up on BFA, and you can read it by clicking here. Be sure to give it a read.

Back on BFA — kinda like being back home after being away for awhile. Gives me the warm fuzzies, y'know?

Convention Program Booklets — hot off the printer!

I've got the new booklet here, and it looks sharp. Over the next few days, I'll post some info from it here on the site.

Just a quick glance — looks like Bingham County is hosting a Dutch Oven Picnic on Thursday the 17th. It's at the Fort Hall Replica at Upper Ross Park, and goes from 6:30 to 11:00 PM. Mmmm, I luvs that dutch oven cooking!

More to come...

Don't be schtupid, be a schmarty, come and join the Dubya Party!

Celebrated author Father Andrew Greeley in today's Chicago Sun-Times:

(Bush) is not another Hitler. Yet there is a certain parallelism. They have in common a demagogic appeal to the worst side of a country's heritage in a crisis. Bush is doubtless sincere in his vision of what is best for America. So too was Hitler. The crew around the president -- Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, Karl Rove, the ''neo-cons'' like Paul Wolfowitz -- are not as crazy perhaps as Himmler and Goering and Goebbels. Yet like them, they are practitioners of the Big Lie -- weapons of mass destruction, Iraq democracy, only a few "bad apples."

Talk about damning with faint praise...

Dubya truly in Dutch?

Billmon over at the Whiskey Bar says Bush and his minions aren't getting the bounce out of Reagan's death that they'd hoped for. He thinks it has something to do with carnations and manure.

Convention shirts are in!

The new T-shirts for the convention came in this morning, and they look terrific! I won’t, at this time, run a photo of them — I don’t know if the powers-that-be want to show them off now, or wait to unveil them at the event.

And no, I don’t know how much they’re going to sell for. But I want one!

Idaho Democratic Party Convention Update

Here's a little something I found in my email today:

Dear Idaho Democrats,
This has been a busy week as all of the county organizations have been meeting to elect new leadership (or re-elect existing leadership). State law dictates that these organizational meetings happen within 10 days of the Primary Election so our counties have been busy!
I had the pleasure of being in Twin Falls this week where they resoundingly reappointed their leadership team, led by Harry Phillips. I was there with representatives from the McClure campaign and the Whitworth campaign who were warmly received by our friends in the Magic Valley. The Twin Falls County Dems have a full summer of events planned (almost a parade or fair a week!) and a slate full of motivated candidates. Good practice for them as Twin Falls is soon to become the landing strip for our next President!
In convention news…  read more »

One sunny day in 2005...

One sunny day in 2005 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The old man said, "Okay" and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine again told the man, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here." The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U. S. Marine, saying "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"

The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow."

MAKE IT HAPPEN - VOTE  read more »

It... is... Aliiiiiive...

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