Archive for June, 2006

Here it is… The Lisa Marie moment that’s even more embarrassing than when she made out with Michael Jackson on live television.


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The guys over at the Wired Magazine blog have published a way of telling if your internet traffic is being routed to the NSA or not. The process is fairly simple, but interpreting the results is a little more difficult.

  1. Hit the Windows key + R to bring up a command prompt.
  2. Type “Tracert”, space, then the name of your email host/ ISP, or website you’re reading. For example, “Tracert hotmail.com”.
  3. Click here and find out what it means, because I’m not 100% sure that I’m techie enough to understand all of it.

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There’s nothing I despise more than a narrowminded bigot. People like Ed Stanton are everything that’s wrong with local politics today, and I plan to verbally kick him in the nuts every chance I get.

An anonymous comment on West Tennessee Liberal’s blog pointed the way to a good article from The Forward about the Jew-baiting tactics carried out by the Stanton campaign. Whoever posted it, thank you.

Betsy Saslawsky, a lifelong resident of Memphis who, like Cohen, belongs to the Temple Israel Reform congregation, said that June 18 she participated in a telephone survey that included positive questions aimed at Ed Stanton and negative questions aimed at Cohen, including one that asked if she was aware that Cohen had challenged the chaplain of the Tennessee State Senate on the Senate floor after he delivered a prayer in Jesus’ name.

Saslawsky said she was asked, “Are you more likely to vote for a born-again Christian or a Jew?”

“I absolutely was speechless” at that point, she said. “I thought for a second, and I said to the guy, ‘You know, I’d really love to know who’s paying you.'”

Will McGown, 37, a furniture maker and, like Saslawsky, a Cohen supporter, described a similar experience. According to McGown, when he asked who was financing the poll, the person conducting the survey said it was Ed Stanton.

In an interview with the Forward, Stanton acknowledged that his campaign had financed a telephone survey, which he said was “certainly within the framework of what’s accepted and standard.” Stanton declined to say if the survey included a question about whether respondents would rather vote for a Jew or a Christian or to provide a written copy of the survey. The candidate directed questions to Jefrey Pollack of the Global Strategies Group. Pollack did not return a call for comment.

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Okay, I should probably apologize about this post. Not to the people that I’m bound to offend with it— But to the candidate that I’m backing in the Ninth District Congressional Race, State Senator Steve Cohen. I’d been holding off making this endorsement not out of ambivalence of any kind, but because I want to see a real fight for the seat Harold Ford Jr. will be leaving based on issues.

As it turns out, several of the absolutely feckless candidates that are in contention are annoying me to the point that this piece became necessary.

First, the race baiters. It started with Ron Redwing sending an alarmist email out to his supporters (Both of them) once Cohen entered the race decrying the fact that the Ninth District seat might be out of black hands for the first time in a very long time. No shit, Sherlock. It’s called an election. And you can’t blame this on thirteen black candidates splitting the vote— If every black candidate but Ron Redwing drops out, Steve Cohen still wins simply because he’s the right man for the job.

Then there’s the other race baiter. I had high hopes for Ed Stanton. When I heard about his issues, I was pretty optimistic. He was the first candidate to mention the high infant mortality rate in the city and actually talk about doing something about it. Of course, then he put a race baiting push poll in the field. Democratic campaigns should never look like they’re being run by Lee Atwater, particularly when part of the candidate’s pitch is that he’s a “nice guy”. Add in a couple of obnoxious campaign staffers (Tell your canvassers that yelling at the people they’re trying to convince to vote for you is never a smart thing to do. And rein in the semiliterate troll that’s attacking David Holt on his blog. By the time these assclowns are through, you’ll be left with about twelve supporters in this city), and Ed Stanton’s true colors have been shown.

Nikki Tinker has finally decided that it’s time to address issues. Of course, this comes on the heels of spending six months saying “I’m not prepared to talk about the issues”. If you didn’t want to talk about the issues, then why in the hell did you even file a petition? When you’re running for office in the future (Because you’re certainly going to fail this time), it’s always a good idea to have something that you want to accomplish. An agenda is a GOOD thing when you’re a candidate. When you don’t have anything to contribute on the issues, you’re simply wasting someone’s money with a campaign.

Julian Bolton – No ideological problem with him, but after a whopping six terms on the Shelby County Commission, shouldn’t he have some kind of record to run on? His campaign slogan is “Proven Leadership”. Sorry, but I would like to see some proof.

The rest of the pack doesn’t even stand out enough for me to comment on. This may change in the future, but right now, I see nothing pointing me in their direction or away from them. They’re celery— Their mere presence makes me want to look for something with more substance.

I’m quite enthusiastic about this race— Let’s get it done. Once the dust settles, Steve Cohen will be the Democratic nominee for the Ninth Congressional District. And the people of this city will have a true progressive champion walking the halls of the US Congress on its behalf.

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If you’ve seen the movie “Fahrenheit 9/11”, you undoubtedly groaned when you watched the section where the Marine recruiters were coming off like a couple of used car salesmen when attempting to sucker kids in the “poor mall” (As they put it) to sign up. Yeah, I’m sure that the Marine Corps has been responsible for many successful music careers, as these guys tried to infer.

One of them, Staff Sergeant Raymond Plouhar, aged 30, was killed Monday in the Anbar province of Iraq.

By all accounts, besides his tote-the-note car salesman tactics demonstrated in the movie, he seems like a heck of a guy. The reason he was working as a recruiter was that he had to take time off from active duty after donating one of his kidneys to an uncle. He leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 5 and 9.

My sympathies go out to his family. I’m certainly not here to gloat over his death.

In fact, I’d say he had a quality rare among advocates of this war— The testicular fortitude to go off and fight in it. We need more like him.

To quote Paul Begala, “When they attack our patriotism, we should challenge them to sign their kids up for the military: “Since when did the sons and daughters of working people corner the market on patriotism, Senator? If this war is so wonderful, so noble, so vital, why the hell is your son throwing up on his date at Ivy League frat parties?”.

At the very least, it’s an interesting question, is is not?

So in honor of Staff Sgt. Plouhan, we need to do some recruitment of our own. We need to find a group of young people that are looking for a way to profess their love of country and happen to think this war is a swell idea.

I know just where to look— The College Republicans.

Think about it— They’re the right age. They’re the same age as the kids at the “poor mall” that the recruiters were willing to dump this war on the laps of. Considering the platform of their party, I’m sure they have weapons training that would be useful in Iraq.

And if that isn’t enough, they’re easy to spot, as they think the “Support our Troops” bumper sticker they paid a buck for at the convenience store somehow amounts to actual support of the troops.

So let’s see if we can do right by our nation. Let’s encourage the U of M College Republicans to hold a recruiting drive from within their own ranks. They support their president, they think the war is a swell idea… Then should they not do their part?

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My good friend Brad Watkins asked me to share this with you:

DFM Bush Protest Primer

Please attend DFM Movie Night And Bush Protest primer on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 7:00 PM. You can RSVP here.

Come join us as Democracy For Memphis, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center and other local progressive groups as we join forces to plan a protest action to mark the arrival of President George W. Bush in Memphis this Friday, June the 30th. This action will highlight not only our concerns about the war in Iraq, but the war at home as well, and the cost of human life in this war.

Currently we are making arrangements for permits to protest across the street from Graceland from 10am until Noon Friday June 30th and wish to invite participation from any and all local progressives and like minded groups and associations. This Thursday night June 29th at 7pm at Reedmeisters at 3439 park ave, 327-1270, DFM will host a protest primer to make sure all those participating are prepared and aware of any important details in the way of location changes parking and how to protest within the law.

We also will be hosting a screening of the film STREET FIGHT which deals with a grassroots candidate for Mayor in New Jersey and his struggles with the local political machine.Several speakers will also attend to remind us of why we are progressives and why we are morally obligated to take action.So spread the word and come on out this Thursday night to prepare to give George Bush a warm Memphis welcome.

DFM Movie Night And Bush Protest primer
Thursday, June 29, 2006
7:00 PM
3439 Park Ave.
Memphis, TN 38116
Handicapped Accessible: Y
Google Maps
Contact Brad Watkins at 901-237-2563

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The Courtney Love of American politics has struck again. He was detained at Palm Beach International Airport for carrying Viagra without a prescription.

You know, there are a lot of places where you can carry your prescription drugs without a prescription. Unless you have a bucket of them, most police aren’t going to run you in for illegal attempts to get a boner.

But if you carry illegal contraband of any kind to the airport, then you are clearly so dumb that you need to be locked up for your own protection. The odds are that one day, you will look at a key and an electrical outlet and think “Those would fit together pretty well”, or simply say “Breathing? How do I do that?”

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