May 15, 2009 archive

The Senate Democrats Who [Roughly Penetrated] 9 Million Americans: Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)

(Crossposted from Free Speech Zone where it is un-cut)

(Part 4 of a 13 part series)

VOTED NAY on Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009…


Current Office: U.S. Senate

Seniority: Senior Seat

First Elected: 2000

Last Elected: 11/07/2006

Next Election: 2012

Party: Democratic

Background Information

Gender: Male

Family: Wife: Martha Ann

2 Children: Benjamin, Christopher.

Birth Date: 01/23/1947

Birthplace: Beckley, WV

Home City: Wilmington, DE

Religion: Presbyterian


MBA, University of Delaware, 1975

BA, Economics, Ohio State University, 1968.

Professional Experience:

Captain, United States Navy/United States Naval Reserves, Vietnam, 1968-1992

Industrial Development Specialist, Delaware Division of Economic Development, 1975-1976.

Political Experience:

Senator, United States Senate, 2001-present

Deputy Minority Whip, United States Senate, 2004

Governor, State of Delaware, 1992-2000

Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1982-1992

Treasurer, State of Delaware, 1976-1982.


Vice Chair, Board of Directors, American Legacy Foundation

American Legion

Member, Amtrak Board of Directors, 1994-1998

Chair, Executive Board, Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates

Common Cause

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Vietnam Veterans of America.

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees:

Chair, National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices, 2000-2001

Democratic Policy Committee

Trustee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Senate Centrist Coalition

Co-Chair, Senate New Democrat Coalition.

Four at Four

  1. The NY Times reports Afghan villagers describe chaos of U.S. strikes. “The number of civilians killed by the American airstrikes in Farah Province last week may never be fully known. But villagers, including two girls recovering from burn wounds, described devastation that officials and human rights workers are calling the worst episode of civilian casualties in eight years of war in Afghanistan.”

    “We were very nervous and afraid and my mother said, ‘Come quickly, we will go somewhere and we will be safe,’ ” said Tillah, 12, recounting from a hospital bed how women and children fled the bombing by taking refuge in a large compound, which was then hit.

    The bombs were so powerful that people were ripped to shreds. Survivors said they collected only pieces of bodies. Several villagers said that they could not distinguish all of the dead and that they never found some of their relatives…

    Tillah, the 12-year-old girl, whose face bears the scars of a scorching blast, still twisted in pain from the burning in her leg at the provincial hospital in Herat, where she and other survivors were taken to a special burn unit. Her two sisters, Freshta, 5, and Nuria, 7, were barely visible under the bandages swathing their heads and limbs.

    The three girls were visiting their aunt’s house with their mother when a plane bombed the nearby mosque, around 8 p.m., Tillah said. That is when they fled to Said Naeem’s seven-room home.

    “When we reached there we felt safe and I fell asleep,” Tillah said. She said she heard the buzzing noise of a plane, but then only remembers coming to when someone pulled her from the rubble the next morning.

    A second girl, Nazo, 9, beside her in another hospital bed, said she saw two red flashes in the courtyard that kicked up dust seconds before the explosion.

    “I heard a loud explosion and the compound was burning and the roof fell in,” she said.

    The Obama administration “deeply, deeply regrets” the loss of life, but not enough to stop the bombings.

Four at Four continues with an update from Pakistan, a former ‘extraordinary rendition’ agent worried about arrest, and Hubert Van Es and the fall of Saigon.

A Good Week On Torture Accountability

Okay so the Dog has not been around this week (if you care he has been at Caterpillar Production System for Dealers training, which is a 6 Sigma Lean methodology for transforming value streams instead of single processes. Everyone’s eyes glazed over yet?) so of course it is likely that most of the hot topics have been blogged to death, but cut a hound some slack as he sits at O’Hare waiting for his flight home, eh?  

Jason Leopold Exclusive: “Army Documents Describe Prisoner Abuse Photos Obama is Withholding”

Barack Obama backflipped on his promise to make public photos depicting detainee abuse by U.S. personnel overseas, however one intrepid independent reporter has managed, digging through government files obtained through an ACLU FOIA request, to unearth detailed documents describing the photographs.

U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan took dozens of pictures of their colleagues pointing assault rifles and pistols at the heads and backs of hooded and bound detainees and another photograph showed two male soldiers and one female solider pointing a broom to one detainee “as if I was sticking the end of a broom stick into [his] rectum,” according to the female soldier’s account as told to an Army criminal investigator.

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would not release these photographs, reversing a promise he made a month ago, fearing it would stoke anti-American sentiment and endanger U.S. troops.

I found the documents that describes the photographs on the website of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU obtained the files, but not the photographs, in 2005 as part of the organization’s wide-ranging Freedom of information Act lawsuit against the federal government related to the Bush administration’s treatment of “war on terror” prisoners in U.S. custody.

Read the entire article at The Public Record…


The Republicans and Rush are literally FORCING a truth commision by attacking Pelosi! She ain’t gonna resign, lol, so what else can she do but make sure there are investigations to clear HER!

Don’t tell em that though!

Go Idiot Republicans GO!!!

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has also joined in on the Pelosi pile on. In an interview with Fox News, King called on Pelosi to resign and said that her charges against the CIA were “an outrageous accusation.”

After her covering up for Bush by taking Impeachment of the table, the fact that this is….erroneously, imo….biting her in the ass does not provoke much sympathy for her from me. It is obviously making her sweat, and it will lead to forcing investigations by the Dems to save her ass, I hope.

But …..shhhh!

Don’t tell the Republicans that!

Rachel Nails It, Torture To Lie Us Into War

It all comes together, right here.

Go give dday some love….

We Tortured To Justify The War In Iraq – Let That Settle In

And yes, settling in is the stage we are at. We have the motive, which gives us “the narrative.” Now it just has to penetrate the national consciousness….and, if there still is one, the national conscience.

This is a simply stunning war Crime, on every possible level.

We tortured to get false confessions to use as a rationalization to illegally invade Iraq when there was NO reason to, and….it worked. The lies worked.

I will say it again, short of all out genocide, there is just nothing that defines evil more than what they did. It simply cannot be allowed to stand. We simply cannot ‘move forward’ without addressing it.

Joe Conason sums it up in one paragraph, as part of a great piece.

Yet evidence is mounting that under Cheney’s direction, “enhanced interrogation” was not used exclusively to prevent imminent acts of terror or collect actionable intelligence — the aims that he constantly emphasizes — but to invent evidence that would link al-Qaida with Saddam Hussein and connect the late Iraqi dictator to the 9/11 attacks.

And he ends it with the stark truth….

Cheney now claims that he preserved the country from terrorism and saved thousands and perhaps hundreds of thousands of lives. We need a serious investigation, with witnesses including the former vice-president under oath, to determine what he and his associates actually did with the brutal powers they arrogated to themselves — because instead their actions cost thousands upon thousands of American and Iraqi lives, all in the service of a political lie.


Take action to Stop Farmworker Deaths on the Anniversary of Maria Isabel’s heat death

I want to tell you a story of agribusinesses greed, indifference, and death.  It’s the story of a young girl whose life was lost before she even had a chance to start living it.  On May 16, 2008, a 17 year old farmworker, Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez, died in the California fields from the heat and lack of water. At least five other California farm workers died last summer from the heat. Fifteen farm workers have died of heat-related complications since July 2004.

Yesterday, the United Farm Workers and many others marked the one year anniversary of when 17-year old Maria Isabel collapsed of heat stroke. Maria’s uncle Doroteo Jimenez spoke:

How we can help prevent more deaths, after the fold.

Also on Dkos at…

The Religious Right ‘Gets It’ Before ‘the Left’ Does

James freaking Dobson….fer gawds sake, understands the politics of the moment better than Congress!


   There is nothing you can do at this time about what is taking place because there is simply no limit to what the left can do at this time. Anything they want, they get and so we can’t stop them.

   We tried with [Health and Human Services Secretary] Kathleen Sebelius and sent thousands of phone calls and emails to the Senate and they didn’t pay any attention to it because they don’t have to. And so what you can do is pray, pray for this great nation… As I see it, there is no other answer. There’s no other answer, short term.

This IS exactly the situation: Anything they (we) want, they (we) get and so we can’t stop them. (us)

So what is stopping us? Why us of course! Inertia, lack of imagination and acumen and of course, as always as is inevitable with Harry Reid and Steny Hoyer (sorry Nance, lol) running Congress….fear.

Dobson knows we have won the culture war….and that we DO control Congress. The Republicans know it and have resorted to their Republiban Insurgent tactics, the polls know it….the only ones who don’t know it is the Democrats who are in control. Inertia.

Well and, of course, ahem, then there is the media, that will continue to portray the Repubs as relevant for as long as possible to keep their ratings up.

Which brings us to “we.”  

Valerie Plame outing and Iraq/AQ link

This is very simple. It’s so simple I can’t believe I missed it all this time. We’ve been looking too closely at this story. I remember at the time there was speculation that she was outed in part because she worked on counterproliferation in places like Iran. And other reasons. But after taking another look it’s obvious to me that the Bush administration wasn’t interested in debate on the issue.

They wanted a link. Any evidence there wasn’t a link was met with harsh criticism and outing of CIA agents.

Joe Wilson was sent by the CIA to investigate claims of Iraq trying to obtain yellowcake uranium from Africa:

Over the past months, however, the CIA has maintained that Wilson was chosen for the trip by senior officials in the Directorate of Operations counterproliferation division (CPD) — not by his wife — largely because he had handled a similar agency inquiry in Niger in 1999. On that trip, Plame, who worked in that division, had suggested him because he was planning to go there, according to Wilson and the Senate committee report.

Cheney had asked for more information on an intelligence report earlier on the same day questioning the link between Iraq and al Qaeda. In response to his request, the CIA sent Wilson to Africa, and an aide to Cheney testified that he had no idea his request would result in that trip.

So, he wanted information but didn’t think they’d send someone to get information?

The DIA in question had some very interesting and useful information. You’re definitely going to want to read this:

WASHINGTON — A government document raises doubts about claims that Al Qaeda members received training for biological and chemical weapons in Iraq, as Senate Democrats yesterday defended their push for a report on how the Bush administration handled prewar intelligence.


The document from February 2002 showed that the agency questioned the reliability of Al Qaeda senior military trainer Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi. He could not name any Iraqis involved in the effort or identify any chemical or biological materials or cite where the training took place, the report said.

The agency concluded that al-Libi probably misled the interrogators deliberately, and he recanted the statements in January, according to the document made public by Senator Carl Levin, top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Here are Levin’s statements on the report.

Got that? Dick Cheney found out about a DIA saying the links between Iraq and al Qaeda were suspect, and that al Libi was probably making stuff up also about the link.

Al Libi was tortured.

Military,VA and PTSD Around the Country: Vets Urged To Seek Treatment

A number of reports have sprung up in the last few days following the very tragic shooting by one soldier in killing five of his fellow soldiers at an in country military stress clinic, of which he himself was receiving care.

Military training alone starts the process of the change needed from how most are brought up and what they are taught and told to be able to serve and defend, if needed, this country.

Place these now trained soldiers in a War Zone creating the Occupation of same lasting many years and now in these times many tours being served and not only in one but two and for many the stress of war, what they experience, their individual incidents, what they see, feel, and just know, is overwelming!

They aren’t the only ones, think of those who live in these occupied countries! It also isn’t only a war that creates the traumatic nightmares, individuals that experience trauma in theirs lives also can suffer, most silently, from those traumas!

Below is a number of recent reports, this subject should have been takin seriously many years ago after finally realizing what War and Trauma can do to a Human Being!

McChrystal Clear WOT IS Going On Here

Crossposted from Antemedius

Bin Ladin and al-Qaeda are our number one threat when it comes to American Security

George Bush Barack Obama

Pepe Escobar:

No one really knows the fate of the man who was the reason for the Bush administration-proclaimed “war on terror”. Some influential Pakistanis say the Americans don’t know it. The Americans admit they don’t know it. President George W. Bush wanted him dead or alive. No one really knows whether he’s dead or alive. President Barack Obama says he and his organization remain the number one threat to the U.S. But even America’s most media-savvy general admits his organization is not in Afghanistan anymore. Would that be reason enough for the U.S. to finally leave Afghanistan? On the contrary: now there’s a new – counterinsurgent – top boot on the ground.

Real News Network – May 15, 2009

Obama and Osama – McChrystal clear

The more it changes, the more the “war on terror” stays the same

Why Avaaz is Running this Ad re: Obama, Bibi and Middle East Peace

Friends,  I just wanted to give you a heads up that over at we have decided to run this Ad ahead of the Obama-Netanyahu face-off on Monday.

The Ad — titled “Leadership” will run during the Sunday talk shows in the DC market.  We have been inspired to take this step by a stunning poll of Israeli-Jews suggesting that 65% want President Obama actively involved in helping solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  

The Ad draws attention to the controversial statement made by new, right-wing Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman that Obama will do as he’s told. This comment runs counter to the sentiment expressed in our poll of Lieberman’s fellow Israelis, carried out by major Israeli polling institute Hagal Hahadash, which shows that a majority of respondents believe Obama could help bring about a two-state agreement (53% said he could help a lot or somewhat to achieve this, and only 19.2% answered not at all).  

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