Colbert Loses It
Old Daily Show clip. But still hysterical.
Old Daily Show clip. But still hysterical.
Mark Foley had a cameo role as a Republican congressman in the movie The Librarians. The film is also known as Strike Force. It's one of those movies that goes straight to video and late nite cable.
I am sorry to say, I was a part of this movie playing a Techno Boy. We filmed this in Feb. 2000. All was shot in Florida, our scenes were shot in West Palm Beach. The production company is called Global Pictures One. They are the most unorganized low budget company out there. There was money problems and union problems from the start, it is a miracle this film even got released. Lions Gate is getting pretty desperate. The acting was almost as bad as the script. Mike Kirton, a B film stunt man tried to make a movie with William Forsythe, and you see the product. Rumors were that it was shot on a 1 to 2 million dollar budget. The only good part was that it was shot on 35mm. The film was released on a different title (probably because of selling problems) "Strike Force" on Nov. 9th, 2004. For the ridiculous price of $15.99 you can get it at Best Buy. Don't rush to get it, there will be plenty of copies when you get there. I am ashamed to admit I own a copy.
Carl Hiaasen sums up the GOP sales pitch for Joe Negron.
Send a strong message to Washington by electing Joe Negron to Congress. Vote for Mark Foley on Nov. 7.
From the Washington Post
BARTOW, Fla. - Katherine Harris, who is trying to become a U.S. senator, says she is writing a tell-all about the many people who have wronged her. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to: the Republican leaders who didn't want her to run, the press that has covered her troubled campaign, and the many staffers who have quit her employ, whom she accuses of colluding with her opponent.
Media Matters has obtained a list of advertisers have told to not place their ads on Air America.
Captain's Dead has a 1990 Uncle Tupelo live radio performance. For those not in the know, Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy was in this band.
"We got this free market, and I admit, I was speaking out in Minnesota -- my hometown, in fact -- and guy stood up in the audience, said, 'Mr. Friedman, is there any free trade agreement you'd oppose?' I said, 'No, absolutely not.' I said, 'You know what, sir? I wrote a column supporting the CAFTA, the Caribbean Free Trade initiative. I didn't even know what was in it. I just knew two words: free trade.'"
Tammy Harman is running for Hillsborough County Soil & Water Conservation Board. Harman is running against C. Dennis Carlton.
I have been informed that this blog was mentioned on the Al Franken Show by Lawrence O'Donnell. My post on Ralph Arza Hate Message to Gus Barreiro has been linked on the show's blog.
For fighting the war on terror, the Democrats just follow a simple philosophy: just say no. When it comes to listening to the terrorists, what's the Democrats' answer? It's just say no. When it comes to detaining terrorists, what is the Democrats' answer? Just say no.
I agree with Ray Seaman. The latest voting machine problems in South Florida is not reassuring.
Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.
That's exactly the kind of problem that sends conspiracy theorists into high gear -- especially in South Florida, where a history of problems at the polls have made voters particularly skittish.
"When we hear a Democratic candidate for office speak, it's much less the friendly, funny sitcom. To us, a Billy Joel song comes to mind: Angry Young Man."
I have also grown to hate certain people of genuine accomplishment like Ted Turner, who, by his own contention, cannot make up his mind which side of the terror war he is on; I hate the executives at CNN, Turner's intellectual progeny, who recently carried water for our enemies by broadcasting their propaganda film portraying their attempts to kill American soldiers in Iraq.
I now hate Howard Dean, the elected leader of the Democrats, who, by repeatedly stating his conviction that we won't win in Iraq, bets his party's future on our nation's defeat.
I hate the Democrats who, in support of this strategy, spout lie after lie: that the president knew in advance there were no WMD in Iraq; that he lied to Congress to gain its support for military action; that he pushed for the democratization of Iraq only after the failure to find WMD; that he was a unilateralist and that the coalition was a fraud; that he shunned diplomacy in favor of war.
A Christine Jennings campaign worker is reporting that someone is running a phone jamming campaign.
Boy, you can always count on Fox News to do a muckracking interview with Dick Cheney.
It appears gays aren't the big boogie men that Republicans are hoping for:
WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign today released a new nationwide poll that shows the aggressively coordinated attempts by anti-gay right-wing leaders and anti-gay groups to brand the Mark Foley scandal as a gay issue are a resounding failure.
The new, nationwide poll shows that, by a 2-to-1 margin, voters believe that “this type of behavior is typical of politicians” over “this type of behavior is typical of gay men.” The poll also showed support for either civil unions or marriage for same-sex couples at 66 percent, which is consistent with other polls on the same question.
A national survey released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life on Aug. 24 shows ambivalence about the relationship of religion to politics and social issues, and unhappiness with extreme positions. The public is not polarized into liberal and conservative camps, the poll suggests, but yearns to find middle ground on contentious social issues.
There is distress about both ends of the political spectrum: 49 percent of American adults say conservatives are too assertive about trying to impose their religious values on the nation, yet 69 percent say liberals go too far in trying to keep religion out of schools and government.
Governor Jeb Bush is calling for Ralph Arza to resign. Florida House Democrats will walk out of session if Azra does not resign. It's over. The problem is the man everyone wants to resign doesn't realize it.
When you boil it all down, Christian Right leaders use gay marriage as a political wedge issue.
"Pro-traditional-marriage organizations ought to give a distinguished service award to the New Jersey Supreme Court," said the Rev. Richard Land, head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Land and other conservative religious leaders predicted that the court's 4 to 3 ruling, which was handed down Wednesday, would boost turnout of social conservatives in the midterm elections, particularly in the eight states that have constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage on the Nov. 7 ballot.
"I have to think there are Democratic strategists out there thinking the words of the old Japanese admiral: 'I fear all we've done is wake a sleeping giant,' " said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a Washington-based advocacy group. "They were coasting into an election with a Republican base with dampened enthusiasm. This brings it all back home to the base, what this election is about."
The next two rallies, in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. 3 and Nashville on Oct. 16, were moved from stadium-size venues to smaller auditoriums, and the tickets, which had been on sale for $7, were given away. Each event also drew about 3,000 people, according to Focus on the Family spokesman Paul Hetrick.
"We don't gauge the success by the number of people," Hetrick said, adding: "I don't think it's the rallies [that flopped]. I just think it's more of a challenge to enthuse people about midterm elections."
There hasn't been a flop this bad since Carrie: the Musical.
The Republican Party of Florida won a court battle on the Joe Negron signs.
Elections supervisors in Mark Foley's former district received permission from a Tallahassee appeals court Friday to post notices stating a vote for the disgraced Republican congressman will go to replacement candidate Joe Negron.
The Florida Democratic Party said it would not appeal the decision, ending a two-week court battle.
"Confused voters should not be required to guess as to how their vote will be counted, or be forced to question poll workers and rely on the potentially inconsistent, incomplete, or partial information," the appeals court stated.
Writing for a three-judge panel, District Judge James Wolf said Florida law allows poll workers to display informational notices, so long as they are impartial and do not favor a specific candidate. The unanimous ruling reversed an Oct. 28 decision barring the signs.
In applying these standards, we determine that the email notice provided by the
Secretary of State on October 3, 2006, failed to meet the impartiality requirements
and, therefore, affirm the trial court’s order precluding posting of, or delivery to,
voters of said notice within the polling places of the relevant Congressional district.
Foley’s name will appear on the ballot but will be a placeholder for Negron’s,
creating a complexity in voting that must be made known to voters to enable them to
cast an informed and intelligent ballot. Without some explanation, a ballot that omits the name of the legal candidate leads to doubt and uncertainty about the true will of the people.
My pal Ron Brynaert has been on a writing tear at Raw Story. Go read his articles.
Turns out there is missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The Pentagon cannot account for 14,030 weapons — almost 4 percent of the semiautomatic pistols, assault rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons it began supplying to Iraq since the end of 2003, according to a report from the office of the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.
The new St. Petersburg Times poll has some good news for Florida Democrats. Democrats Walter “Skip” Campbell and Alex Sink are enjoying leads in the CFO and Attorney General races. The poll had a margin of error is 3.5 percent.
Rafael Arza left this message to Gus Barreiro.
The Ron Klein campaign will release their internal polling numbers. The Clay Shaw campaign won't. Very interesting. Both camps say their ahead. Only Klein's people will release numbers to the press.
The White House screws up again and Tony Snow has to bail his masters out.
Earlier, White House press secretary Tony Snow denied that Cheney had endorsed water boarding. (Watch Cheney explain that the U.S. has a "fairly robust interrogation program without torture" -- 1:09 )
"You know as a matter of common sense that the vice president of the United States is not going to be talking about water boarding. Never would, never does, never will," Snow said. "You think Dick Cheney's going to slip up on something like this? No, come on."
Hennen asked, "Would you agree that a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?" Cheney replied, "It's a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president 'for torture.'"
A blogger has been fired for publishing emails about Mark Foley.
The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, has fired an employee who admitted to the first publication on a Web site of Florida Rep. Mark Foley's e-mails to a former male page.
The e-mails and later disclosures of sexually explicit computer messages from the Florida Republican to other male pages sparked a campaign-season scandal that threatens the GOP's majority in Congress.
"He inappropriately used Human Rights Campaign resources. He was fired," organization Vice President David Smith said of the employee. "The Human Rights Campaign believes in being very aboveboard in our political activity."
It appears that former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl told the ethics committee that John Kolbe was a problem.
A source close to former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl told ABC News that Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) was one of a small number of "problem members" of Congress who page program supervisors complained spent too much time socializing with pages, taking them to dinner or sporting events outside of official duties.
Mark Foley was also on the list.
The source said Trandahl frequently cautioned both congressmen that "adults should hang out with adults, pages should hang out with pages," a message Trandahl also conveyed to pages during their orientation.
This whole exchange between Donald Rumsfeld and the press has to be read to be believed.
Rumsfeld: You and a few other critics are the only people I've heard use the phrase immediate threat. I didn't, the president didn't. And it's become kind of folklore that that's what's happened.
Schieffer: You're saying that nobody in the administration said that?
Rumsfeld: I can't speak for everybody in the administration and say nobody said that.
Schieffer: The president didn't say that?
Rumsfeld: If you have any citations, I'd like to see them.
Friedman: Right here it says, some have argued ‑‑ this is you speaking, some have argued that the nuclear threat from Iraqi is not imminent, that Saddam is at least five to seven years away from having nuclear weapons, I would not be so certain.
Rumsfeld: And ‑‑
Friedman: That's close to imminent.
Rumsfeld: Well, I've tried to be precise, and I've tried to be accurate.
Friedman: No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people, and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
I read University of South Florida Susan A. MacManus's analysis of the midterm elections with great interest. I also wasn't surprised by her prediction.
Polls tell us that Democrats are angrier and more likely to turn out than Republicans. (Actually, the poll question wording focuses more on enthusiasm about voting than about the likelihood of turning out). It is assumed that Republican turnout will be lighter and that many will cross over and vote for Democratic candidates.
While this may be true, there are enough signs that Republicans who do plan to vote are just as angry as Democrats to make one a bit wary of these assumptions.
Nationally, Democrats are angry first and foremost with President George W. Bush sitting in the White House, followed by the War in Iraq, then corruption.
But Republicans are increasingly angry over their entire party being cast as “predators” due to the sins of former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley. They are also moved somewhat by the thought of Nancy Pelosi and other liberals in high leadership posts.
For GOPers who may cross over to vote for Democrats or just take a pass and not vote in a congressional race at all, they are most disgusted with the failure of Congress to address immigration and to control spending. The question is how many of these voters will really stray from their party when it comes right down to casting a ballot.
The most interesting unknown this election season is turnout among independent voters who tend to be young and tend not to vote in midterm elections. Yet to be discerned is the extent to which this year’s record negativity in ads and media coverage will prompt them to turn their backs on both parties and leave the election to the ardent partisans on both sides of the aisle.
University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus said the issue can only help Republicans.
Besides religious voters, she said, it will also affect a larger group, ``the married vote and family vote,'' and an underestimated voting group, the disabled. About 17 percent of Florida households include a disabled person, she said.
General George Casey is sounding more like William Westmoreland everyday.
Iraq isn"t awash in sectarian violence, . . .Most sectarian violence in Iraq is concentrated across a 30-mile radius around Baghdad, and, 90 percent of all violence in Iraq is taking place in five of the country"s 18 provinces.
The first time a rocket lands within a few yards of you in the heart of the British compound is pretty instructive. There's someone out there who wants to kill you for no better reason than you're British.
Basra may be a picnic compared with the hell of Baghdad, but even so the violence overwhelms everything.
When you can't drive into the centre of the city; when even the helicopter which brings you into the Foreign Office compound can fly only at night; when the shortest trip outside the British base needs a military escort of 18 men and a column of armoured vehicles.
My attitude about our – look, I'm into campaigning out there: People want to know, can you win? That's what they want to know. I mean, there's – look, there's some 25 percent or so that want us to get out, shouldn't have been out there in the first place – and that's fine. They're wrong. But you can understand why they feel that way. They just don't believe in war, and – at any cost. I believe when you get attacked and somebody declares war on you, you fight back. And that's what we're doing.
BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?
QUESTION: The attack on the World Trade Center.
BUSH: Nothing. Except it’s part of — and nobody has suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a — Iraq — the lesson of September 11th is take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.
Remember, the best way to stand up to sexual predators like Mark Foley is to vote for Mark Foley.
At this point I think it will be harder to find male pages that Mark Foley didn't hit on.
One former page, who was not identified, told Reuters that Foley sent him e-mails when he was 16 asking about "my roommates, if I ever saw them naked." Later, the former page said Foley hinted about a job opportunity "because I was a hot boy," the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Two years later, the page, now 22, said, he wrote Foley to ask about hotels in Washington. "You could always stay at my place. I’m always here, I’m always lonely, and I’m always up for oral sex," he quoted the disgraced former member of Congress as saying, reports Reuters.
"Wow! Coconut juice! You just don't find that everywhere."
I said before that playing the immigration card would hurt Republicans. And it may now cost the GOP to lose the midterm elections.
The Latino backlash has grown so intense that one prominent, typically pro-Republican organization, the Latino Coalition, has endorsed Democrats in competitive races this year in Tennessee, Nebraska and New Jersey. The coalition is chaired by Hector Barreto, the former administrator of the Small Business Administration under Bush; its president is a former strategist for the Republican National Committee.
"… but then they (Gilchrist and Simcox) went to Washington and picked up the two DC crooks Mary Lewis and Connie Hair and the corruption machine was off and running."
The Skip Campbell blog is a site to behold.
I wasn't going to even bother writing about the latest Katherine Harris email. Wayne Garcia did and this is the money quote.
WRONG ON BOLTON: Nelson's opposition to John Bolton as UN Ambassador is an insult to a widely-esteemed public servant who is boldly standing up for U.S. interests at the UN.
My British counterpart is in Sudan today – or maybe in Chad, I forget which – where he is leading a Security Council Mission to Africa which I would have gone on, except that I had made a commitment to be here some months ago and didn’t want to break that...
"But the winner: former CIA agent Wayne Simmons on Fox News, saying the football stadium bomb hoax was, quote, "the perfect example of how vital the president's domestic eavesdropping program and the passage of the Military Commissions Act are." Of course they're vital, Wayne. They enable the government to spread false rumors about plots that aren't by non-terrorists that anybody over the age of 7 1/2 should have been able to see were crap, so they can try to scare people into voting Republican.
But thanks for admitting that, Wayne. Former CIA agent Wayne Simmons: today's "Worst Person in the World."
Are things such a mess that the White House can't even keep their talking points straight?
And, yet, we must stay the course, because the end result is in our nation's interest.
We'll stay the course; we'll complete the job.
We will stay the course and complete the job and you'll have what you need.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 — The White House said Monday that President Bush was no longer using the phrase “stay the course” when speaking about the Iraq war, in a new effort to emphasize flexibility in the face of some of the bloodiest violence there since the 2003 invasion.
“He stopped using it,” said Tony Snow, the White House press secretary. “It left the wrong impression about what was going on and it allowed critics to say, ‘Well, here’s an administration that’s just embarked upon a policy and not looking at what the situation is,’ when, in fact, it is the opposite.”
“The living symbol of this White House’s profound and perhaps mortal problem with language and meaning,” was the verdict of the writer Michael Wolff in a recent Vanity Fair article. “He’s Piggy in Lord of the Flies: a living victim, whose reason for being is, apparently, to shoulder public ridicule and pain . . . he’s the person nobody would ever choose to be.”
Pay no heed to warnings that electronic voting is safe.
As if there weren't enough concerns about the integrity of the vote, a non-partisan civic organization today claimed it had hacked into the voter database for the 1.35 million voters in the city of Chicago.
Bob Wilson, an official with the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project — which bills itself as a not-for-profit civic organization dedicated to the correction of election system deficiencies — tells ABC News that last week his organization hacked the database, which contains detailed information about hundreds of thousands of Chicago voters, including their Social Security numbers, and dates of birth.
"This is a part of the entire electronic voting program that we're depending on — computerized voter databases and electronic voting machines," Wilson said. "Any computer is subject to failure and security flaws and we have seen in electronic voting hundreds of news reports about dozens and dozens of jurisdictions where there are problems."
The Buzz has the results from the latest AIF poll.
Say hello to Change In Tallahassee.
Mustang Bobby watched the debate so the rest of us don't have to. I have a feeling his post had more fireworks than Nelson or Harris.
Summary: There were no substantial questions or answers. This wasn't so much a debate as it was a joint press conference with questions that sounded like they were from the finalists in the junior high school journalism class. (At least no one asked them who their favorite Beatle was, but if they'd gone another half-hour, I wouldn't have ruled it out.) As far as appearances, both candidates looked like they were call-backs for the auditions for the re-make of The Addams Family: Lurch and Morticia, you're up.
USA Today has an article on the possibility of Democrats taking Governor mansions and state legislatures
Apparently, no amount of bad publicity can stop the corruption of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority. The Authority approved an amended contract with John Beck.
"Not illegal," Anderson said at the time, "but might have appearance of impropriety."
Here are good reasons why members of the House Ethics Committee should not oversee the Mark Foley cover up investigation. Several members are political lackeys of Dennis Hastert. The Seattle Times reports that Doc Hastings has been handpicked by Hastert to replace him. Hastert won't confirm if he has put Hastings name on the list. Hastert cites national security. I let you soak that one in.
The New York Times has a good run down of the Ron Klein and Clay Shaw race. This seat may decide which party controls the House of Representatives.
The lates Quinnipiac Poll on the Florida Governor race is rather surprising.
Tommy, before you go dissing the Tampa Bay media about not covering local races - you might want to devote more time to covering local races and less to stripers and lesbian cheerleaders. Just a thought.
The Polk County Democrat becomes the first newspaper to endorse Katherine Harris.
We respect Katherine Harris for her integrity, her leadership, her political courage, and her tireless dedication to public service.
This is just too good.
The Florida GLBT Democratic caucus is planning an unconventional U.S. Senate debate watch party Monday night at Rosie's in Wilton Manors: a Katherine Harris look-alike contest open to men and women.
I have never seen a Governors' race in which a candidate had so much of his base defect to the other side. Case in point is Jim Davis.
"For thirty-six years I've supported every Democratic nominee for governor of Florida,'' begins the e-mail from Miami public relations consultant Seth Gordon. "But this November I'll break this tradition and support my Republican friend Charlie Crist.''
At a recent meeting with black leaders up in arms about violence, Davis declined to endorse their petition drive to repeal a law backed by the National Rifle Association. It could have been a powerful moment with the parents of Sherdavia Jenkins, a 9-year-old girl gunned down in July as she played on her front porch in Liberty City.
''We gave Jim a chance to latch on to something that's like a dagger in the heart of this community. He failed to capitalize on it.'' said the Rev. Anthony Dawkins, one of the leaders of the petition drive.
House Majority Leader John Boehner is sticking to his story that he informed Dennis Hastert about the Mark Foley email. What makes matters worse is that he told the House Ethics Committee this.
"I made myself clear on the record for the last three weeks, and I told the ethics committee today the same thing that I've told many of you," Boehner, a Republican who has the House's second-highest post, told reporters after his testimony.
A Republican aide close to Trandahl but not directly familiar with his testimony said the longtime House aide was in frequent contact with top Hastert aides, including counsel Ted Van Der Meid and chief of staff Scott Palmer, about the page program. The aide said he was not authorized to be quoted by name.
And ironic ones, Mr. Bush.
Your own, of course, yesterday, in signing the Military Commissions Act.
You spoke so much more than you know, Sir.
Sadly—of course—the distance of history will recognize that the threat this generation of Americans needed to take seriously was you.
We have a long and painful history of ignoring the prophecy attributed to Benjamin Franklin that “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Pinellas County Democratic Party Chairman Ed Helms is angry at the liberal media. Helms sent out an email to his supporters (the few that are left) dissing the St. Petersburg Times.
"... Finally, please excuse the St. Pete Times for finally waking up and realizing that there is a strengthening Democratic Party in Pinellas that isn't interested in being their appendage. Ghandi described what is politically happening best: "First they ignore you; then they laugh at you/humiliate you; then they fight you and then you win." It's safe to say that they are not ignoring me or us (although they ignore reporting anything positive like our being stronger now than the Republican Pa
With very best wishes and thanks for your commitment, I am
More bad news on the Martin Anderson story.
In a ruling Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle dismissed an allegation in the lawsuit that Bay County Sheriff's officers and administrators at the Department of Juvenile Justice ''conspired'' to cover up the cause of death.
Hinkle also ruled the family could not recover punitive damages if a North Florida jury rules in their favor.
Bob Hite, of WFLA, has a chance to interview Dick Cheney and throws softballs.