Fundraising challenge update

At about 11 am today I challenged the HA community to raise an additional $4,600.00 for Darcy Burner and Peter Goldmark over the next 24 hours. The goal is take us over the $30,000 mark by 11 am Saturday.

Since then, 25 of you have contributed an additional $2,666.00, taking us more than halfway towards our target in only 10 hours. Our running total of $28,090 leaves us a tantalizing $1,910 short of our goal.

This is it… the final 14 hours of HA’s last fundraising drive of the 2006 election. With your help, we can take back the House. So please dig deep into your pockets and give now.

UPDATE:
Peter Goldmark has officially been added to the Fourth Wave of the DCCC’s Red to Blue program. It’s the generous support of people like you who have helped Peter take WA-05 from a safe Republican district into one of the most competitive in the nation.

UPDATE, UPDATE:
8 AM and we’re up to $29,560.39! Three hours left in the drive, and only $440 to go. Who wants to put us over the top?

Comments

  1. 1

    stedman spews:

    re 10: Were you in favor of the Reagan administration doing away with the tax advantages that were instituted for solar energy during the Carter administration and if so, why?

    Put on your thinking cap!

  2. 2

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Hell, I’ll go twenty bucks if burner does a bra model cumshot lezbo scene with the 99th most influential senator and the 5 time winner of the no rocket scientist award, but only if Baghdad Jim is in the background jacking off.

    Who’s with me?

    Geez, Goldy, can you turn off the spam? OR do you want to see it too?

  3. 3

    For the Clueless spews:

    Are you just haters or do you believe your ideology?

    They’re both. Hating is like breathing to them and they believe the crap that’s served up to them.

    Perfect example: Leftout (when they were passing out the brains).

  4. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    1

    “All right. I’ll donate if burner does a video of a messy cum shot. Who’s with me?” Commentby Mark The Redneck KENNEDY— 10/27/06@ 11:30 pm

    I believe to a moral certainty that if she did the video you wouldn’t pay up. I don’t doubt that for an instant.

  5. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I just want to remind everyone that Lori Sotelo endorsed Toby Nixon. When you vote, you might want to keep in mind who Nixon hangs out with. Doesn’t say much for his judgment, does it? https://www.tobynixon.com/endorsements.htm

    Hey — Republicans pull this guilt-by-association crap all the time — so why can’t I? Republicans want a monopoly on every fucking thing!

  6. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Slow news day today. I wish something would happen. Nothing TOO exciting, though. Another Republican sex scandal would be fine.

  7. 8

    stedman spews:

    Prodigal Sun :
    “Solar energy was a rising star in the ’70s — until it was banished by the powers that be. Are we ready for its return?
    It was the winter of 1981 and the country was just beginning to feel the sharp edges of the Reagan revolution. Denis Hayes, head of the fledgling Solar Energy Research Institute, was walking through the halls of the Department of Energy when an acquaintance came up to him and said, “Has Frank lowered the boom on you yet?” The Frank in question was an acting assistant secretary, but the boom, it turned out, was falling from the top. President Reagan had once been General Electric’s most camera-ready tout, and his administration viewed alternative energy with open scorn. “They’re going to kill your study,” the gray-suited informant warned Hayes, before slipping down the corridor. “
    http://www.motherjones.com/new.....solar.html

  8. 9

    spews:

    You ever notice how the people that call themselves Republicans never want to talk politics? If they say anything, they spew some talking point out of their pie hole, and then run away while you tell them why it doesn’t make sense.

    Run away, run away….

    Cowards at every level.

  9. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    4

    Try Mary Carey. She might take you up on it! Hell, she might not care about getting paid and do it for fun. No wait, I forgot, she’s a Republican. She’d cut your dick off for welshing! You’re lucky Goldy is a bleeding heart liberal.

  10. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    O’Reilly is an articulate guy, very polished on TV, and even affable and witty at times. But then, he’s a highly-paid professional talking-head. Letterman, a comedian and late-night show host, took O’Reilly apart.

    For example …

    O’Reilly, unlike Sheriff Davey, isn’t merely a rubberstamp for Bush and the neocons. O’Reilly admits the Iraq war was a mistake. If we had known Saddam didn’t have WMDs, we shouldn’t have gone in, he says. But, he says, the problem is what do we do now. And then he asked, “Do you want America to win?”

    Define winning, Mr. O’Reilly.

    And then O’Reilly presents a false dichotomy. He says our choices are a stable democracy (what he calls “victory”) or an Iraq run by Iran.

    Bullshit.

    A stable democracy is not attainable in Iraq. A democracy was never a realistic goal, and stability went out the window when America removed the strongman who kept the lid on Iraq’s feuding factions by force. With Saddam gone, there was nothing to keep the Shiites and Sunnis from slugging it out — and U.S. troops got caught in the crossfire.

    I’m not so sure Iran can just walk in there. Iraq and Iran fought a bloody, bitter 8-year-long re-enactment of the World War I trench war only 20 years ago. I have a feeling if Iranian troops went into Iraq, they would get the same reception U.S. troops are getting — 20 times over. Probably the best Iran could hope for would be to carve off the Shiite sector from Iraq and incorporate it in their empire. Then they can have the fun of dealing with Iraq’s Shiites. Yeah, it’s too bad Saddam butchered Shiites by the thousands — but that doesn’t mean the Shiites were nice guys themselves. That was partly a do-it-to-them-before-they-do-it-to-us deal.

    Yeah, O’Reilly has his head up his ass in a major way. His basic problem is that he suffers from the same limitation afflicting all wingnuts: He sees the world in black-and-white. As Letterman said, in response to an overly simplistic, leading O’Reilly question, “I’m a thoughtful person.”

    The implication being, of course, that O’Reilly isn’t. And that’s O’Reilly’s whole damned problem. And that’s the wingnuts’ whole damned problem, too.

  11. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Lori Sotelo (Mercer Island) and Stephen Roach (Auburn) both live in suburban King County. Suburban King County is the crime capital of the county!!! That’s why I live in Green Lake Park. All I have to worry about there is drug dealing, murder, rape, and dogs. There’s no law enforcement around here. The cops try hard, but everything gets shitcanned in the prosecutor’s office or dismissed by bleeding-heart judges in suburban district courts! I don’t like the idea of rendering people to Syria for waterboarding very much, but if our government’s gotta do that, they should put Sotelo and Roach on the same plane.

  12. 15

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    N in Seattle…c’mon… are you saying you wouldn’t pay 20 bucks to see burner in a bra model cumshot lezbo scene with the 99th most influential senator and the 5 time winner of the no rocket scientist award with BJ jacking off? C’mon… who wouldn’t pay to see that?

  13. 16

    JDB spews:

    Which brings us back to stem cells. Limbaugh says Fox’s ads dangle a prospect of imminent cures “that is not reality.” He’s right. But the ads convey another reality: a man dying of a disease that might be cured more quickly if the government dropped its restrictions on research funding. Limbaugh dismisses this as a “script” being followed by Fox’s “PR people” and “the entertainment media.” Script? Entertainment? This is life and death.

    I have another friend. He has Parkinson’s. I’ve seen him on good days and bad days. That’s how I know Fox isn’t faking it. My friend doesn’t see the destruction of embryos as a dangerous price to pay for stem-cell research. I do. But if you worry about the embryos, you had bloody well better look into the eyes of the people dying of these diseases. You had better ask yourself whether slowing research that might save them is an acceptable price for your principles.

    If you can’t—if all you can see is “acting”—then you need more help than they do. Fox’s disease can only take your body. Limbaugh’s can take your soul.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2152347

  14. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Unfortunately, Maleng doesn’t have an opponent (let alone a viable opponent) — again — so we must expect more dangerous felons like Lori Sotelo will go free. Hard to tell which is worse, Richard Pope as a district court judge, or Norm Soft-On-Crime Maleng as prosecutor.

  15. 20

    headless lucy spews:

    Nobody answered the question about Reagan squelching solar power in the 80’s. Why is that OK with you?

    Are you just haters or do you believe your ideology?

    It’s one or the other.

  16. 21

    righton spews:

    Barelli;

    I would not call a light rail running down Rainer valley as our prime North South.

    since we don’t have a decent Norht south, but have the LAND AND TRACKS for one …..hey why not overlay it and spiff it up as a light rail or whatever flavor of rail you want. Buy some big honking parking lots and let Kent, Auburn folks park…and RIDE.

    If you solve for suburban commuters rather than core Seattle groups ….hey you could get a nice transit plan

  17. 22

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    As a public service, I hereby provide Mark The Redneck’s voting guide:

    Initiative 920: Repeal of death tax
    Yes.
    Rationale: I vote for all tax cuts and against all tax increases.

    Initiative 933: Stop government theft
    Yes
    Rationale: Stop fucking private property owners.

    Initiative 937
    Yes
    Rationale: The global warming stuff is bullshit of course. But I’m voting yes because the use of natural gas for electricity has driven up the price to the point where the fertilizer plants in the midwest that use natural gas for feedstock have shut down. We now rely on foreign countries to sell us fertilizer. Our food supply is now dependent on whether foreign countries like us or not, and I think that’s a bad idea.

    GE has developed wind turbine technology that can produce power for about 7.5 cents per KWH compared to current rates of about 6 cents per KWH. So it’s in the ballpark.

    HJR 4223: Increase tax exemption
    Yes
    Rationale: I vote for all tax cuts and against all tax increases.

    King County Prop 1: Who the fuck knows what this is about?
    No
    Rationale: Ron Sims can’t be trusted.

    King County Prop 2: More empty buses.
    No
    Rationale: We already have enough empty buses.

  18. 23

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Hey Nixon — I know you read this blog! Why isn’t Stefan going to share the proceeds of his lawsuit against Dean Logan and KCRE with the generous donors to his “legal action fund” who helped pay for the lawsuit? Maybe because Stefan’s full of shit and LOST the lawsuit?! I see that Sharkansky (sic)* endorsed you, too. https://www.tobynixon.com/endorsements.htm#families

    * Sharansky, like most wingnuts, can’t even spell his own fucking name!

  19. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    11

    Roach — there’s another soft-on-crime Republican! If she walked the talk, she would have had her son executed. Now he’s gonna be the GOP’s next candidate for King County Executive! And we’ll be stuck with Ron Sims for ANOTHER four years.

  20. 25

    Leftout(of their minds!) spews:

    righton–
    You are wasting your time.
    These lefty goofballs have no common sense & no ability to see the obvious.
    Why? Because they deep-down believe all money should be PUBLIC money. They have no ability to see what is in front of them….as they are lost in their “dreams”. Money should not matter or get in the way of them realizing all their wetdreams.
    MetroNatural,,,,MY ASS!!!

  21. 26

    righton spews:

    Since nobody else is on topic…

    What about silly Sims
    a) championing >$4bb overruns for Sound transit (slow trains to nowhere)
    b) now wants to swap our airport for some rail tracks
    c) but wait, rather than use EXISTING rail for rail, he wants to make them trials

    Hey libs; heres an idea; use the train tracks to run commuter trains. Yeah, save billions on right of way, and spend a billion on trains, whatever, and hey, you have good transit

    Naw, too logical

  22. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    One thing ya gotta say for Sims is he never met a tax he didn’t like. He’s right about a state income tax, though. I hope someday Governor-for-life* Gregoire musters the cojones to do something about our Rube Goldberg tax apparatus. We need to adopt a state income tax, get rid of the B & O tax, and lower the sales tax — like Bill Gates Sr. and Ron Sims said.

  23. 28

    stedman spews:

    re 30: Another Republican Patriot for ……… big business over the best interests of the United States.

    VOO-DOO ECONOMICS!!! Who said that?

  24. 29

    John Barelli spews:

    Commentby righton— 10/28/06@ 9:03 am

    Actually, the corridor we’re discussing might well make a good addition to a regional mass transit system, and several community leaders have apparently proposed just that.

    Unfortunately, while it is in an area that would make a good secondary line, it is not in the area where the system is most needed, and would be (my opinion here) ineffective without the primary line between Seattle and SeaTac.

    In order to use it, there would still need to be a primary system in place, and that’s what SoundTransit is currently working on.

    The additional funding isn’t currently available to use the land for mass transit, but a situation exists where the land can be aquired for some public use, rather than have the land broken up and sold piecemeal.

    In a perfect world, we could just wave a magic wand and have the whole system appear, without cost or inconvenience.

    As to swapping Boeing Field for the land, it makes some sense, and could head off more of the sillyness that lets the airlines play off the two airports against each other, while getting the city out of the airport business, turning that over to folks that do that sort of thing for a living.

  25. 30

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/.....ach28.html

    Pam Roach/AKA Janet S is a real cunt. This bitch has used her position to prove what we already knew about republicans. They’re for law and order….

    except when you apply it to them.

    If this doesn’t cause the voters to put this crazy fuck out of office then nothing ever will.

    I hope someone pulss her drug addict son out of his car at a traffic light and beats him silly like he did to an innocent civilian. And because his mommie was Janet S/AKA Pam Roach, he got special treatment.

    This is the GOP way folks.

  26. 31

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Lori Sotelo got a free pass, so why shouldn’t Stephen Roach get an early out? They both live in soft-on-crime King County.

  27. 32

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I watched David Letterman take apart Bill O’Reilly on Letterman’s show tonight — and I do mean “take apart.” After Letterman got through with him, O’Reilly looked like he had picked up a rabbit by its ears. Letterman’s parting line:

    “I don’t know what I’m talking about … but neither do you.”

  28. 34

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    28

    As to swapping Boeing Field for the land, it makes some sense, and could head off more of the sillyness that lets the airlines play off the two airports against each other, while getting the city out of the airport business, turning that over to folks that do that sort of thing for a living.

    Commentby John Barelli— 10/28/06@ 10:46 am

    Not really. First of all, the city doesn’t own (or run) Boeing Field, the county does. Port of Seattle is the LAST outfit I’d want owning (or running) it. That would be a disaster for all the south end homeowners. The port officials are totally mercenary — at least Ron Sims has to run for election, and we can get rid of him if he makes life too intolerable for residents. Well, in theory anyway, although how well that works in practice is debatable, especially when the Groping Old Perverts party runs a mother-beater against him. No, I like the way things are, more or less — the county should keep Boeing Field and swap Norm Maleng for that land.

  29. 35

    John Barelli spews:

    Commentby righton— 10/28/06@ 7:57 am

    “Hey libs; heres an idea; use the train tracks to run commuter trains. Yeah, save billions on right of way, and spend a billion on trains, whatever, and hey, you have good transit”

    (Ok, since I prefer actual discussion of topics to silly sniping, we can take this on.)

    The problem (as most public transit proponents know) is that for shorter runs within metropolitan areas this isn’t usually practical. The tracks don’t go where you really need them (not that many folks live or work close to train tracks.

    The problem with using active lines is they’re often being used (at the worst possible times) by the folks that own them to haul freight.

    The same arguments you’re currently making against SoundTransit were made against BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) in the San Francisco area. They seem pretty happy with their system now, although even there, every time someone proposes expanding it, a bunch of “more roads, more buses” folks oppose it.

    Where they’ve managed to build it anyway, ridership tends to exceed expectations, but the fact that the system has been a boon to every area it serves doesn’t seem to stop the opponents from calling it a “boondoggle”.

    Seattle has a relatively high population density along a couple of narrow corridors with clearly defined business areas and system entry points. The real question is “why wasn’t this built decades ago?”

  30. 36

    righton spews:

    ok Barelli

    Train track now runs from Woodinville to Kirland to Bellevue to Renton and i guess on to Tukwilla, etc.

    I’d call that a major congested area, and certain 405 traffic confirms that.

    I’ll gladly wager and compare the need for relief on 405 corridor to the stupid train down Rainier. Anybody wanna serve up traffic counts.

    Biggest stupidity in this is the right of ways are always the toubh part. Here we have a right of way, that is flat enough for trains (no 200 foot deep tunnels in capitol hill, ahem) and it also mimics current traffic pattterns.

    I know Caltrains etc, and I recall traking trains from Mtn view to SF was no big thril (slow). And in a perfect world, i’d make our transit fast, underground, etc…not based on old freight routes. But since Sound Transit screwed the poooch so to speak (sucked up all the $$s), heck , here you have a unique asset, why not use it

    I’m also a critic of when we basically gave away the Interurban right of ways in the 1980’s …we had great train route along north end of Lake W that we could have used.

    For you Greens out there, note that in many pretty and clean places, they run nice electric trains along beautiful lakes…e.g. almost any large lake in Switz or Germany for that matter.

    your turn

  31. 39

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    All right. I’ll donate if burner does a video of a messy cum shot.

    Who’s with me?

  32. 40

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Really. I’ll donate $5 is she does a bra model cumshot scene.

    Anybody else?

Fundraising challenge update

On Saturday morning I issued a bold challenge to my readers to double the number of contributors via HA’s Act Blue page from 234 to 468 by the end of October. I challenged you to leverage the power of the netroots — to reach out to your friends and family, and personally ask them to contribute to Darcy Burner and Peter Goldmark.

If only 50 of HA’s thousands of readers respond to my challenge and bring in just five new donors each, we will easily meet our target. If the 234 of you who have already made generous donations bring in only one new contributor each, well… you can do the math for yourself.

Here is what I am asking you to do. I want you to put together a list of like-minded friends and relatives, and I want you to email them and personally beg them to give money to Darcy and Peter. If they say no, ask them again. If they do not respond, I want you to give them a call. I want you to personally plead with them that this election may be our best and last shot at turning our nation around, and that Darcy and Peter will be leaders that will make them proud.

I’m not going to tell you exactly what to write or say; you know these people best, so you are the best person to craft an appeal. But I do want you to set a personal goal

Comments

  1. 42

    Another TJ spews:

    Mark Dybul, the nation’s new global AIDS coordinator, is openly gay. Condi Rice just referred to his partner’s mother as Dybul’s “mother-in-law” at an event. Do you think the Christian Right didn’t notice?

    Oh, they most definitely noticed.

    Mark Foley was an openly gay Republican

    Small correction. Foley wasn’t out. He was, however, the most ineffectively closeted gay man in the history of western civilization. Seemingly everyone knew it, but he hadn’t admitted it publicly (which he did only after the scandal broke).

  2. 43

    headless lucy spews:

    Expand your voice til it’s heard in DC. Get Darcy Mo’ Money!

    Money talks! The power and money of the middle and lower classes exceeds that of the ruling elite. Use it now before they close the internet free-speech window.

  3. 44

    headless lucy spews:

    You have no freedom of speech on the shop floor or the corporate office. Change things now!

    Contribute to Darcy Burner and Ned Lamont.

  4. 45

    eponymous coward spews:

    Wow, for being such a weak candidate, Darcy’s sure getting Republican cash aimed at her, isn’t she?

  5. 47

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republicans hate more than paying taxes to pay for their wars. They also hate paying wages to their workers! Not only that, but Republicans hate little girls, cute bunnies, and butterflies too!!!

  6. 50

    Daddy Love spews:

    My brother and his wife are going to be giving, but I can’t guarantee it will be though your site. I sent the link, though. He’s just sort of an independent cuss. You know—a Democrat.

  7. 51

    Mark1 spews:

    Maybe if anyone knew who Darcy was, it’d be easier there Goldy. Too bad she’s an unknown nobody. Don’t waste your $$$$. I know Roger Rodent will try to make a contribution with his food stamps if that helps.

  8. 52

    rhp6033 spews:

    We (my wife and I) are going through our budget and re-examining our priorities. Our ancestors gave their lives and fortunes in several wars (civil war – both sides, WWI, WWII, Korea), so the least we can do is give some money toward the ideals in which we believe.

    On the chopping block – video/DVD rentals, movies, meals out in excess of a couple times a month, no outside lunches other than business-related ones. It adds up several hundred dollars a month, a couple of thousand dollars a year. I think we can do without that for the next six months or so to finance a change in Congress.

  9. 53

    John Barelli spews:

    Commentby Mark1— 10/16/06@ 12:15 pm

    “Maybe if anyone knew who Darcy was, it’d be easier there Goldy. Too bad she’s an unknown nobody. Don’t waste your $$$$. I know Roger Rodent will try to make a contribution with his food stamps if that helps.”

    Wow, you mean as an “unknown nobody”, she’s managed to get into a statistical dead heat with a sitting Congressman?

    I suppose we should thank the Republicans for mentioning her so prominently in all those TV ads that they’re running. Considering how much credibility the Republicans have these days, the only thing folks are likely to come away with after watching those ads is the idea that this “unknown nobody” has the Republicans running scared.

    We said from the start that the biggest problem we would have would be name recognition. Nice of the Republicans to help us with that.

    Keep all that Republican money flowing into the district, guys. We’re always happy to have the Republicans bolstering the local economy, and every dime you spend here is one that you don’t have to smear some other Democrat.

    Let’s see. You’re pulling out of Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and parts of Arizona now, and working hard here to defend a “safe” seat against an “unknown nobody”. Did I get that right?

  10. 55

    ArtFart spews:

    “Wow, you mean as an “unknown nobody”, she’s managed to get into a statistical dead heat with a sitting Congressman?”

    Also a lying one…

  11. 56

    Daddy Love spews:

    Harry Reid is not only clearing up any misunderstanding on the part of the overly-dense Republicans about who owned the land he sold, but is taking a numbers of extra, not-even-required steps on even pettier matters to insulate himself from further attack.

    That is so UNlike a Republican, like Duke Cunningham, who had a menu of favors and their cost in donations printed up for his bribers.

  12. 57

    Daddy Love spews:

    14 Anonymous

    Sure pal. You win a national Merit Scholarship, graduate from Harvard, and make the cut at Microsoft. THen you can tell us about how able Darcy Burner is.

  13. 58

    Daddy Love spews:

    Do you all REALLY think that the Religious Right will be a stable, reliable Republican voting bloc now that we all know that the GOP is crawling with homos?

  14. 59

    proud leftist spews:

    I saw Darcy Burner and DumbDave being interviewed by Robert Mak yesterday. I could not believe how much of an airhead Reichert is. Every question seemed to trigger some response about his experience. He was devoid of substance. When asked about when troops should perhaps be brought home from Iraq, he started talking about having commanded a SWAT team. He is an embarrassment, incapable of independent thought. Darcy, on the other hand, tracked the conversation and responded appropriately. She would be quite an asset in Congress.

  15. 61

    headless lucy spews:

    I wonder what Repuplican Sociopath Ted Bundy would have done if he’d been debating Darcy Burner like Rubberstamp Reichert was on TV last Sunday. Rubberstamp kept interrupting with his inane chatter and she finally had to firmly request that he stop interrupting and let her finish her statement. She followed that request with a look that shot daggers at the dumb bastard and he just meekly complied.

    Oddly enough, the wingnut take on this was that it was a wonderfully successful tactic for the Rubberized One. I, on the other hand, have been looking long and hard for Democrats who will stand up to these blabbering Republican bullies.

    Really, how much credibility does any Republican have accusing a Democrat of being a tax and spender. You just look like the manipulative , lying bungholes that you are.

  16. 62

    DT spews:

    Hee hee, I was talking to a Republican guy at my finess club about all the problems his party is having with Foley, etc. He expressed a hope that Harry Reid’s problems would hit the news and make it a little better for Republicons. I told him that I doubt if it would matter unless Harry Reid was seducing teen-age boys. He looked kinda shocked and I almost felt sorry for him.

  17. 63

    Daddy Love spews:

    18

    Gosh, I mean “come out and see his wife and family.” Didn’t mean to imply that Dave Reichert goes to gay bars in DC. Or here. Not that I’ve seen him. I mean, I was just in there getting some change…

  18. 65

    GBS spews:

    Has anyone heard from JCH lately?

    Is he OK?

    Did he survive the earth quake OK?

    Like a give a rat’s ass about JCH! Fuck him. I hope he lost everything and FEMA’s on the way to help!

    The asshole.

  19. 66

    headless lucy spews:

    re 21: Great debate format! Only Yes and NO answers. Something that will fit in a bumper sticker.

  20. 68

    headless lucy spews:

    I’ve gone to a townhall meeting for Darcy Burner and found her to be intelligent and forthright in her answers. She was even polite to a person who challenged her answer to what she would do to dishonest contractors in Iraq and NOLA.

    The person’s question was: “How is holding Halliburton financially reponsible for their overcharging different than what we’re already doing?”

    Quick: Yes or No!

  21. 69

    Daddy Love spews:

    28

    Something tells me that Anonymous has not won a National Merit Scholarship, graduated from Harvard, or passed a Microsoft interview loop.

  22. 70

    Daddy Love spews:

    Darcy Burner says she will not accept any pay raises as Representative until the minimum wage is increased. I’ll take that as a Yes.

  23. 71

    Daddy Love spews:

    Some answers from Darcy Burner:

    Will you vote to fully implement the bipartisan 9/11 Commission recommendations?

    Yes.

    Will you vote to fund the VA and extend TRICARE healthcare for families of national Guard and Reserve personnel?

    Yes.

    Will you vote to demand a plan to secure Iraq without an indefinite commitment of US troops?

    Yes.

    Will you vote to oppose massive tax breaks for oil companies?

    Yes.

    Will you vote to oppose the President’s plans to privatize Social Security?

    Yes.

    Will you vote to support efforts to provide essential family planning and healthcare services to poor nations?

    Yes.

    Will you vote to support stem cell research to find cures for diseases that cripple and kill millions of people?

    Yes.

    Will you vote to reform the Medicare Part D prescription drug program to allow the government to negotiate for lower pries for seniors?

    Yes.

    Will you vote to raise the federal minimum wage?

    Yes.

  24. 72

    Daddy Love spews:

    Dave Reichert is a failed lifetime politician who does not deserve a second term to screw us again.

  25. 73

    Farmer Fred spews:

    Peter Goldmark actually personally asked you to help raise funds for his 5th district campaign? You realize, of course, that PG needs to be a moderate D to win. This just proves that too far left (of center) out of district money is coming into his campaign. By calling attention to this blog and its left of center viewpoints, McMorris could actually gain ground by this particular article. Goldmark should realize that many of the positions here @ HA are not in tune with his more centrist-slightly right constituents. From my point of view, this “personal” request is a wrong move. Heres hoping that this blog is being circulated through-out the rural areas.
    Have a nice day, Farmer Fred

  26. 74

    Daddy Love spews:

    I sure wish I could hear Bush on the day he realizes that he has lost one or both houses of Congress. Damn, that would be a good one.

  27. 75

    Daddy Love spews:

    42 FreeSpeech

    plug the gaping hole in the SS Titanic Burner.

    Yeah, Darcy’s in so much trouble that she’s in the DCCC’s Red to Blue first wave and she’s tied in the polls. There are a lot of Republicans fighting for their political lives who would like to be in that kind of trouble.

  28. 76

    Mike Webb Sucks spews:

    Yes donks send more money to Darcy. Then I won’t be competing against your sorry asses for goods and services! BTW those goods and services are usually supplied by the little people, you know the ones who Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel will screw over when Charles doesn’t renew the tax increases if moonbats get Congressional control.

  29. 77

    skinnyfreak spews:

    Yakima fishwrap endorsed McGimmick in its Sunday edition. Guess who owns the Yakima fishwrap?

  30. 78

    skinnyfreak spews:

    #35. Please expound you blathering idiot!

    “Yes donks send more money to Darcy. Then I won’t be competing against your sorry asses for goods and services! BTW those goods and services are usually supplied by the little people, you know the ones who Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel will screw over when Charles doesn’t renew the tax increases if moonbats get Congressional control.”

    Commentby Mike Webb Sucks— 10/16/06@ 4:54 pm

  31. 79

    Farmer Fred spews:

    #36, Yakima HP was a hero here on this blog when it came out against I-933, now its fishwrap? Could it be because it sometimes shows balance, something the PI is lacking?
    Farmer Fred

  32. 80

    sillyguy spews:

    17

    Harry Reid broke the law and is now trying to fix it. Shame on him for trying to fix his crime after it was revealed to the public. Too little, too late…

  33. 82

    sillyguy spews:

    17

    You show your ignorance with your comment “now that we all know that the GOP is crawling with homos? ”

    Please stick to the discussion at hand without branding all people that do not believe as you do. If you were to carry out that line of logic you would soon cross over into racism or other ignorance…i.e. He makes too much money therefore he is a Jew… The same holds true for many other partisan posters here so do please talk with them about their intelligent postings.

  34. 83

    FreeSpeech spews:

    On behalf of everyone that holds democracy dear, I want all you leftwing nutjobs to give EVERYTHING in your futile attempt to plug the gaping hole in the SS Titanic Burner. She a goin’ down and the more money you can throw at the gaping hole the better!

    C’mon you libs! Give till it hurts! Mortgage the house, sell the kids if you must! SS Titanic Burner needs your money now.

  35. 84

    FreeSpeech spews:

    “It’s very simple. Darcy and Peter personally reached out to me, and I personally reached out to you. “

    I simply don’t believe you Goldstein. Neither Burner nor Goldmark would dare be seen in public with you. Prove me wrong- I DARE YOU!

  36. 85

    FreeSpeech spews:

    “So please, send out a few emails and pick up the phone, and prove to the old guard at the Seattle Times what people-powered politics can really do.”

    Aw hell Goldstein, why don’t you pull out all the stops ang give them the REAL speech?

    “Communists the world over are wiser than the bourgeoisie, they understand the laws governing the existence and development of things, they understand dialectics and they can see farther The bourgeoisie does not welcome this g truth because it does not want to be overthrown.

    As everyone knows, our Party passed through these twenty­eight years not in peace but amid hardships, for we had to fight enemies, both foreign and domestic, both inside and outside the Party. We thank Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin for giving us a weapon. This weapon is not a machine­gun~ but Marxlsm­Leninisn,….

    The Russians made the October Revolution and created the world’s first socialist state. Under the leadership of Lenin and Stalin, the revolutionary energy of the great proletariat and labouring people of Russia, hitherto latent and unseen by foreigners, suddenly erupted like a volcano, and the Chinese and all mankind began to see the Russians in a new light. Then, and only then, did the Chinese enter an entirely new era in their thinking and their life. They found Marxism­Leninism, the universally applicable truth, and the face of China began to change….

    There are bourgeois republics in foreign lands, but China cannot have a bourgeois republic because she is a country suffering under imperialist oppression. The only way is through a people’s republic led by the working class….

    Twenty­four years have passed since Sun Yat­sen’s death, and the Chinese revolution, led by the Communist Party of China, has made tremendous advances both in theory and practice and has radically changed the face of China. Up to now the principal and fundamental experience the Chinese people have gained is twofold:

    1. Internally, arouse the masses of the people. That is, unite the working class, the peasantry, the urban petty bourgeoisie and the national bourgeoisie, form a domestic united front under the leadership of the working class, and advance from this to the establishment of a state which is a people’s democratic dictatorship under the leadership of the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants.
    2. Externally, unite in a common struggle with those nations of the world which treat us as equals and unite with the peoples of all countries. That is, ally ourselves with the Soviet Union, with the People’s Democracies and with the proletariat and the broad masses of the people in all other countries, and form an international united front.

    “You are leaning to one side.” Exactly. The forty years’ experience of Sun Yat­sen and the twenty­eight years’ experience of the Communist Party have taught us to lean to one side, and we are firmly convinced that in order to win victory and consolidate it we must lean to one side. In the light of the experiences accumulated in these forty years and these twenty­eight years, all Chinese without exception must lean either to the side of imperialism or to the side of socialism. Sitting on the fence will not do, nor is there a third road. We oppose the Chiang Kai­shek reactionaries who lean to the side of imperialism, and we also oppose the illusions about a third road.

    “You are too irritating.” We are talking about how to deal with domestic and foreign reactionaries, the imperialists and their running dogs, not about how to deal with anyone else. With regard to such reactionaries, the question of irritating them or not does not arise. Irritated or not irritated, they will remain the same because they are reactionaries. Only if we draw a clear line between reactionaries and revolutionaries, expose the intrigues and plots of the reactlonaries, arouse the vigilance and attention of the revolutionary ranks, heighten our will to fight and crush the enemy’s arrogance can we Isolate the reactionaries, vanquish them or supersede them. We must not show the slightest timidity before a wild beast.

    “Victory is possible even without international help.” This is a mistaken idea. In the epoch in which imperialism exists, it is impossible for a genuine people’s revolution to win victory in any country without various forms of help from the international revolutionary forces, and even if victory were won, it could not be consolidated. This was the case with the victory and consolidation of the great October Revolution, as Lenin and Stalin told us long ago.

    “We need help from the British and U.S. governments.” This, too, is a naive idea in these times. Would the present rulers of Britain and the United States, who are imperialists, help a people’s state? Why do these countries do business with us and, supposing they might be willing to lend us money on terms of mutual benefit in the future, why would they do so? Because their capitalists want to make money and their bankers want to earn interest to extricate themselves from their own crisis-it is not a matter of helping the Chinese people.

    “You are dictatorial.” My dear sirs, you are right, that is just what we are All the experience the Chinese people have accumulated through several decades teaches us to enforce the people’s democratic dictatorship, that is, to deprive the reactionaries of the right to speak and let the people alone have that right.

    “Who are the people?” At the present stage in China, they are the working class, the peasantry, the urban petty bourgeoisie and the national bourgeoisie. These classes, led by the working class and the Communist Party unite to form their own state and elect their own government they enforce their dictatorship over the running dogs of imperialism-the landlord class and bureaucrat­bourgeoisie, as well as the representatives of those classes, the Kuomintang reactionaries and their accomplices-suppress them, allow them only to behave themselves and not to be unruly in word or deed. If they speak or act in an unruly way, they will be promptly stopped and punished. Democracy is practised within the ranks of the people, who enjoy the rights of freedom of speech, assembly, association and so on. The right to vote belongs only to the people, not to the reactionaries. The combination of these two aspects, democracy for the people and dictatorship over the reactionaries, is the people’s democratic dictatorship.

    “Why must things be done this way?” The reason is quite clear to everybody. If things were not done this way, the revolution would fail, the people would suffer, the country would be conquered.

    “Don’t you want to abolish state power?” Yes, we do, but not right now; we cannot do it yet. Why? Because imperialism still exists, because domestic reaction still exists, because classes still exist in our country. Our present task is to strengthen the people’s state apparatus-mainly the people’s army, the people’s police and the people’s courts-in order to consolidate national defence and protect the people’s interests. Given this condition, China can develop steadily, under the leadership of the working class and the Communist Party, from an agricultural into an industrial country and from a new-democratic into a socialist and communist society, can abolish classes and realize the Great Harmony. The state apparatus, Including the army, the police and the courts, is the instrument by which one class oppresses another It is an instrument for the oppression of antagonistic classes; it is violence and not “benevolence”. “You are not benevolent!” Quite so We definitely do not apply a policy of benevolence to the reactionaries and towards the reactionary activities of the reactionary classes. Our policy of benevolence is applied only within the ranks of the people, not beyond them to the reactionaries or to the reactionary activities of reactionary classes….

    Here, the method we employ is democratic, the method of persuasion, not of compulsion. When anyone among the people breaks the law, he too should be punished, imprisoned or even sentenced to death; but this is a matter of a few individual cases, and it differs in principle from the dictatorship exercised over the reactionaries as a class.

    As for the members of the reactionary classes and individual reactionaries, so long as they do not rebel, sabotage or create trouble after their political power has been overthrown, land and work will be given to them as well in order to allow them to live and remould themselves through labour into new people. If they are not willing to work, the people’s state will compel them to work….

    Such remoulding of members of the reactionary classes can be accomplished only by a state of the people’s democratic dictatorship under the leadership of the Communist Party. When it is well done, China’s major exploiting classes, the landlord class and the bureaucrat­bourgeoisie (the monopoly capitalist class), will be eliminated for good. There remain the national bourgeoisie; at the present stage, we can already do a good deal of suitable educational work with many of them. When the time comes to realize socialism, that is, to nationalize private enterprise, we shall carry the work of educating and remoulding them a step further. The people have a powerful state apparatus in their hands-there is no need to fear rebellion by the national bourgeoisie….

    The people’s democratic dictatorship is based on the alliance of the working class, the peasantry and the urban petty bourgeoisie, and mainly on the alliance of the workers and the peasants, because these two classes comprise 80 to 90 per cent of China’s population. These two classes are the main force in overthrowing imperialism and the Kuomintang reactionaries. The transition from New Democracy to socialism also depends mainly upon their alliance.

    The people’s democratic dictatorship needs the leadership of the working class. For it is only the working class that is most farsighted, most selfless and most thoroughly revolutionary. The entire history of revolution proves that without the leadership of the working class revolution triumphs. In the epoch of imperialism, in no country can any other class lead any genuine revolution to victory. This is clearly proved by the fact that the many revolutions led by China’s petty bourgeoisie and national bourgeoisie all failed….

    To sum up our experience and concentrate it into one point, it is: the people’s democratic dictatorship under the leadership of the working class (through the Communist Party) and based upon the alliance of workers and peasants. This dictatorship must unite as one with the international revolutionary forces. This is our formula, our principal experience, our main programme. …

    The Communist Party of the Soviet Union is our best teacher and we must learn from it. The situation both at home and abroad is in our favour we can rely fully on the weapon of the people’s democratic dictatorship, unite the people throughout the country, the reactionaries excepted, and advance steadily to our goal. “

  37. 86

    hmmm spews:

    As her only public-spirited pursuits, Burner offers youth coaching and a stint on her community club board. Perhaps more troubling is her spotty voting record. She missed either primary or general election votes in four years, starting in 2000.

    Still more disappointingly, Burner has run a mean-spirited campaign that would make Republican spinmeister Karl Rove proud. In The Seattle Times/KUOW-FM congressional debate last week, she accused Reichert of “lying.” She called him “unprincipled” and “politically crass.”

  38. 87

    sillyguy spews:

    48

    Daddy Love – Your insistance of that all GOP are crawling with homos as shown by “Many of the top GOP lawmakers have highly placed, influential staffers who are openly gay or closeted gay” continues to show your lack of intelligence.

    Democrats are suppose to believe that Homo are OK so 1. Why are you even bringing this subject up and 2. There are folks that are homosexual everywhere regardless of their political leandings. So your comments only show your total lack of understanding.

    You are merely trying to ‘flame’ people but have proven that you only burnt yourself!

  39. 88

    Daddy Love spews:

    The reason to send Reichert home and send Darcy to Washington is obvious:

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — A poll conducted for CNN over the weekend suggests support among Americans for the war in Iraq is dwindling to an all-time low. Just 34 percent of those polled say they support the war, while 64 percent say they oppose it.

    Women led the opposition, with seven in 10 saying they oppose the war. Twenty-eight percent say they support it, which is the lowest support among women in any CNN poll taken since the invasion more than three years ago.

    A vote for Dave Reichert is a vote for more of the same failed policies, and everyone knows it.

  40. 89

    Daddy Love spews:

    41 sillyguy

    Bullshit.

    You answer the question: “Do you all REALLY think that the Religious Right will be a stable, reliable Republican voting bloc now that we all know that the GOP is crawling with homos?”

    Many of the top GOP lawmakers have highly placed, influential staffers who are openly gay or closeted gay. Ken Mehlman is pretty surely closeted gay. Foley/Reynolds chief of staff Kirk Forham is openly gay. Mark Dybul, the nation’s new global AIDS coordinator, is openly gay. Condi Rice just referred to his partner’s mother as Dybul’s “mother-in-law” at an event. Do you think the Christian Right didn’t notice?

    An opponent in the FLA governor’s race, Reform Party candidate Max Linn, publicly stated that Republican Charles Crist is gay. Mark Foley was an openly gay Republican, and the leadership covering for him riled the Right.

    There are gay people working in or for the Republican party all acrtoss this country. DO YOU THINK THAT AS MANY ANTI-GAY RIGHT-WING CHRISTIANS WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN in the light of this all “coming out” as it were, before the election? I don’t.

  41. 90

    Daddy Love spews:

    39 sillyguy

    Harry Reid broke the law and is now trying to fix it.

    It’s not even clear if Harry Reid violated Senate Ethics requirements. But he IS trying to fix it, and going way beyond in order to make sure that there is no doubt about his transparency. Compare to Dennis Hastert’s “transparency” over HIS land deal. Has he amended a disclosure?

    Of course, he IS pretty busy hanging onto his position and his seat. But then, Harry’s busy preparing to become Majority Leader and HE found the time.

Fundraising challenge update

Yesterday I challenged you, my readers, to help me reach a target of 34 new donors to Darcy Burner and Peter Goldmark via my Act Blue page by midnight Saturday, and the response so far has been both astounding and disappointing. Astounding, because in the past 24 hours we have raised an additional $2,865.00. Disappointing, because that money has come from only thirteen of you.

I’m now 21 donors shy of my goal of 200, with less than a day and a half to go, and all I’m asking from you is as little as $5.00 if that’s all you can afford. Every new donation is a sign of grassroots support, and helps the candidates raise money and attract independent expenditures during the crucial last weeks of the campaign. I wish money didn’t play such a crucial role in politics, but it does. So if you care about helping the Democrats take control of the House and bring accountability back to the other Washington, then please give now.

Thank you all for your tremendous support.

Comments

  1. 92

    spews:

    Craig @ 21

    “Darryl, You need to come for a short visit. Do you surf?”

    I don’t surf, but after you carry out your plan to renounce your citizenship I’d be happy to take up harpooning. I’m sure an “open season on aliens” bill is just weeks away….

  2. 93

    Daddy Love spews:

    Mark1

    Most people don’t know or give a shit who Darcy whats-her-name is anyway.

    Little Miss Whats-her-name is outraising Reichert and is tied with him in three independent polls. How well do you think she’ll do when more people know who she is?

  3. 94

    Mark1 spews:

    Only 13 huh? There’s a shocker, most Dems. want the world, but don’t want to pay for it. Most people don’t know or give a shit who Darcy whats-her-name is anyway. Good luck.

  4. 95

    Leftout(of their minds!) spews:

    And what % of Little Miss Whats-her-names campaign funds are from out-of-state???
    Cantwell was at 58%!!!!
    McGavick only accepted 26% of out-of-state money.

    I think the R’s should be making a much bigger issue of the out-of-state dollars.

  5. 96

    headless lucy spews:

    re 33: It is doubtful that GWB ever piloted more than a prop trainer plane. How do you equate joy riding over the US with your flying instructor to actually doing something(one way or the other ) about Vietnam.

    Liberal: “GWB used his fater’s power and influence to get out of serving in Vietnam.”

    Bush Lover: “Oh,yeah! Well he flew around in airplanes in the US the whole time the war was on!”

    Do you see where your reality disconnect lies? You can get professional help for that!

  6. 98

    RUFUS Fitzgerald Kennedy spews:

    Warning: If you are Jewish and living in Seattle please be wary of liberals. Avoid pizza parlors where liberals frequent and never, never let a liberal inside your temple. Pregnant Jewish woman are particularly vulnerable. If a liberal approaches you shoot first and ask questions later. Be careful.

  7. 99

    RUFUS Fitzgerald Kennedy spews:

    Tree hugger!…
    >
    >
    >
    > A woman from Los Angeles, who was a tree hugger and anti-hunter,
    >purchased a piece of timberland. There was a large tree on one of the
    >highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural
    >splendour of her land so she started to climb the big tree. As she neared
    >the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to
    >escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters
    >in her crotch.
    >
    >
    >
    > In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor. She told
    >him
    >she was an environmentalist and anti-hunter and how she came to get all the
    >splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then
    >told her to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help
    >her.
    >
    >
    >
    > She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared. The
    >angry
    >woman demanded, “What took you so long?” He smiled and then told her,
    >”Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the
    >Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove
    >old-growth timber from a recreational area.”
    >
    >
    >
    > “I’m sorry, but they turned me down.”
    >
    >
    >
    > GOD BLESS AMERICA….

  8. 100

    RUFUS HATES AMERICA spews:

    That is why he posts bad urban legend jokes with
    >little greater that signs
    >demonstrating that
    RUFUS does not have a thought in his head that did not originate on a Hate-America neocon website

    QED: Patriot>RUFUS

  9. 101

    Insurance spews:

    invoking hotter,magnification?mysteriously ludicrousness serendipity – Tons of interesdting stuff!!!

  10. 102

    Mark hates Jesus spews:

    Jesus came to down to Earth and started walking.

    He met a woman crying. Jesus asked the woman why she was crying.

    The woman said “I lost my job because the WTO and Bush’s policies shipped my job to India. The only job I can get is as cleaning MTRs travel trailer that he lives in and beats the prostitutes he hires to service his 2 inch dick in. Meanwhile, Bush cuts the inheritance tax for the top 0.01% of America.”

    Jesus then waved his hands and gives the woman a job that she has qualifications for and deserves. Jesus also starts taxing the wealthy for their unearned inheritance.

    Jesus walks further in America and finds a man crying.

    “Why do you cry?” Jesus asked.

    “I have worked hard all my life, I was laid off and now work as a contract worker with no insurance. My wife got sick and there was no way to pay for the medical expenses. My wife is dead and me and my children are living in the streets.”

    Jesus waved his hands and the man had his highly skilled off shored job back with full benifits and security for his children.

    Jesus walked on and found a redneck crying.

    “Why do you cry Mark?”

    I paid $500,000 in a divorce settlement to the first woman that would have sex with me, and I am a Republican.”

    Jesus said “You are a Republican?”

    “Yes” Mark the Redneck wept.

    Jesus sat down with the redneck and cried with him.

  11. 103

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    Kofi, Spike and Blade will be among the pupils arriving at primary schools in four years time, all with Democrat parents. Also popular in Democrat minority communities are “MoFo”, “GuvCheck” and “Marlboro”.

    Ahhh for the good old days when chillrens were named LaShonda, Aquavelva, Chlymidia, LaChammonique, Rawanda, and Shaniqua….Yes, These names would take a young Democrat far!!!!

  12. 104

    spews:

    Warning: If you are a young male page working in congress, please, please be careful, there are Republicans around. When working as a page do not, ever bend over in front of a male republican, or smile at him. Do not even make eye contact, or mention anything they are wearing. If you catch their attention they may creep you out. These Republicans are dangerous, and should be treated with extrems caution. If any Republican makes sexual advances to you, or any of your friends, please report it to THE DEMOCRATS. Reporting inappropriate behavior to Republicans would be a waste of time, and probably only lead to more sexual advances.

  13. 105

    spews:

    Goldy is up to 190 donors. Just 10 more to go!

    How about you, J. Craig Herman? The donation would be twice as sweet coming from a brand new alien!

  14. 106

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    EVERETT – A crowd of teenagers near Mariner High School pulled a woman from her car and attacked her after she honked at them to get out of her way. // The victim’s 10-month-old son was in the car’s back seat during both attacks. […………………..Young Wshington Democrats at play. Too bad the woman wasn’t armed. A few less POS Democrat thug would be a good start.]

  15. 107

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    97 Reasons Democrats Are Weak On Defense And Can’t Be Trusted To Govern In Wartime
    INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

    Posted 9/29/2006

    Today’s Democrats are nothing like Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy, who with courage and decisive action kept on top of their jobs and aggressively confronted one national defense crisis after another.

    Jimmy Carter, elected during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and (1) believing Americans had an inordinate fear of communism, (2) lifted U.S. citizens’ travel bans to Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia and (3) pardoned draft evaders.

    President Carter (4) also stopped B-1 bomber production, (5) gave away our strategically located Panama Canal and (6) made human rights the central focus of his foreign policy.

    That led Carter, a Democrat, (7) to make a monumental miscalculation and withdraw U.S. support for our long-standing Mideast military ally, the Shah of Iran. (8) Carter simply didn’t like the Shah’s alleged mistreatment of imprisoned Soviet spies.

    The Soviets, (9) with close military ties to Iraq, a 1,500-mile border with Iran and eyes on Afghanistan, aggressively tried to encircle, infiltrate, subvert and overthrow Iran’s government for its oil deposits and warm-water ports several times after Russian troops attempted to stay there at the end of WWII. These were all communist threats to Iran that Carter never understood.

    Carter (10) thought Ayatollah Khomeini, a Muslim exile in Paris, would make a fairer Iranian leader than the Shah because he was a religious man. (11) With U.S. support withdrawn, the Shah was overthrown, and (12) the ayatollah returned and promptly proclaimed Iran an Islamic nation. (13) Executions followed. Palestinian hit men were hired to secretly eliminate the opposition so the religious mullahs couldn’t be blamed.

    Iran’s ayatollah (14) then introduces the idea of suicide bombers to the Palestine Liberation Organization and paid $35,000 to PLO families whose young people were brainwashed to attack and kill as many Israeli citizens as possible by blowing themselves up. This inhumane menace has grown unchallenged.

    The ayatollah (15) next created and financed with Iran’s oil wealth Hezbollah, a terrorist organization that later bombed our barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Marines and sailors. With Iran’s encouragement this summer, (16) Hezbollah attacked Israel and started a war that damaged Lebanon and (17) diverted the world’s attention from Iran’s nuclear bomb program.

    In November 1979, Iranians, including (18) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, their current puppet president who was elected in an unfree, rigged election in which opponents were intimidated into not running, (19) stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 U.S. personnel hostage for 444 days.

    Carter, after nearly six months, (20) belatedly attempted a poorly executed rescue with only six Navy helicopters (three were lost or disabled in sandstorms) and Air Force planes with Delta Force commandos. The mission was aborted, but foul-ups on the ground resulted in a loss of eight aircraft, five airman and three Marines. The bungled plan was never put down on paper for the Joint Chiefs to evaluate. There were practice sessions, but no full dress rehearsal, and pilots weren’t allowed to meet with their weather forecasters because someone in authority worried about security.

    America (21) can thank the well-meaning but naive and inexperienced Democrat, Jimmy Carter, for a foreign policy that lost a strong military ally, Iran, and (22) put the U.S. at odds with a gangster regime that was determined to build nuclear bombs to wipe Israel off the map and threaten the U.S. and other nations. Iran also has a working relationship with al-Qaida, which also wants nukes. Care to connect the dots?

    Shortly after a meeting at which Carter kissed Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on each cheek, (23) the USSR invaded Afghanistan. Carter the appeaser was shocked. “I can’t believe the Russians lied to me,” he said.

    During the Carter Democrat period, (24) communism was on a rampage worldwide. In an unrestrained country-capturing spree, communists took over (25) Ethiopia, (26) South Yemen ( (27) located at the mouth of the Red Sea where they could block Mideast oil shipments and access to the Suez Canal), (28) Afghanistan, (29) Angola, (30) Cambodia, (31) Mozambique, (32) Grenada and ( 33) Nicaragua.

    Compared to the pre-Vietnam War defense budget in 1964, Carter requested in fiscal 1982’s defense budget (34) a 45% reduction in fighter aircraft, (35) a 75% reduction in ships, (36) an 83% reduction in attack submarines and (37) a 90% reduction in helicopters.

    The Soviets for years (38) consistently spent 15% of their GDP on defense; (39) in 1980 we spent under 5%. As a percentage of our government’s spending, defense was lower than before Pearl Harbor. No wonder a Republican, Ronald Reagan, had to vastly increase defense spending to help us win the 45-year-old Cold War and relegate the USSR to the ash heap of history — an astounding feat no one (except Reagan) believed possible.

    In addition to a communist enemy rapidly expanding its territorial conquests, Reagan (40) inherited from Democratic management a 12% inflation rate (highest in 34 years), (41) 21% interest rates (highest since Abraham Lincoln was president), (42) a depleted military and (43) a serious energy crisis.

    For eight years (44) congressional Democrats ridiculed and fought with Reagan and were on the wrong side of nearly all his defense and economic policies. They said he wasn’t bright — an “amiable dunce,” as party elder Clark Clifford (45) put it. They maintained his tax cuts wouldn’t work, (46) that he insulted the Soviets by labeling them the “Evil Empire” (47) and that he was going to start World War III by putting missiles in West Germany to counter new Soviet SS-20 nuclear missiles installed in East Germany. (48) John Kerry wanted a nuclear freeze that would guarantee the Soviets overwhelming tactical nuclear superiority in Europe. (49) Kerry seemed to constantly advise retreating, giving up and handing our enemies what they wanted — a recipe for us to lose every war.

    Democrats waffled (50) on Reagan’s request for support of Contras who were fighting to stay alive and take Nicaragua back from Daniel Ortega’s communist Sandinistas. Each month, the Soviets poured $50 million worth of Russian tanks, anti-aircraft weapons, Hind attack helicopters and munitions into that central American country.

    Democratic leaders (51) all dismissed as a ridiculous pipe dream Reagan’s plan for the U.S. to develop a missile that could shoot down incoming enemy missiles. (52) Showing no vision, Democrats mockingly called it Star Wars.

    Democratic politicians (53) were proved wrong on virtually every vital Reagan policy. (54) His tax cuts set off a huge seven-year economic boom that created 20 million new jobs. (55) Interest rates tumbled from 21% to 7 1/2%. (56) Inflation nose-dived from 12% to 3%. And (57) oil prices collapsed when — contrary to warnings from Democrats — he removed price controls on natural gas.

    Reagan’s motto was “Peace through Strength,” (58) not peace through weakness and accommodation. With his steadfast determination and perseverance, the communists were kicked out of Grenada and defeated in Nicaragua, Ethiopia and Afghanistan. And for the first time in history Soviet expansion ended.

    Reagan (59) never quit exerting pressure on the Soviets. In Berlin, he demanded that Gorbachev “tear down this wall,” and in time the Berlin Wall fell. In the end the communist Soviet Union dissolved. The Reagan-Bush administration had won the Cold War.

    Years later, (60) a group of Russian generals were asked about the one key that led to the collapse of the USSR. They were unanimous in their response: “Star Wars.” Gorbachev feared it would render the Soviets’ nuclear missiles obsolete for an overwhelming first strike, and they could not afford to build the hundreds more that would be needed or hope to match America’s great technical ability. (61) So Gorbachev threw in the towel after Reagan held firm at Reykjavik and refused to stop SDI research. Years later (62) Gorbachev said he didn’t think it could have ever happened if Reagan hadn’t been there.

    In July 2001, (63) the U.S. military used an SDI missile launched thousands of miles away and flying at near bullet speed to blow a test missile out of the sky. (64) Democrats from Dukakis to Gore to Kerry all said this would be impossible and that missile defense would never work. They were all wrong. Reagan was right.

    The current terrorist threat (65) to U.S. national security did not begin on 9/11, but in the early 1990s. Bill Clinton was elected November 1992. (66) The first bombing of our World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993, killed six people and injured 1,000. Terrorists hoped to kill 250,000. (67) Some of the apprehended terrorists were trained in bomb making at the Khalden terrorist camp in Afghanistan.

    October 1993. (68) A Somali warlord, with help from weapons and top trainers sent by al-Qaida, shot down two U.S. Blackhawk helicopters. Eighteen Americans were killed and 73 wounded. Clinton, under pressure from a Democratic Congress, ordered retreat and withdrawal of all U.S. forces. Said Osama bin Laden: “They planned for a long struggle, but the U.S. rushed out in shame.”

    January 1995. (69) Philippine police discovered Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, had a plan to blow up 12 American airliners over the ocean and fly a plane into CIA headquarters. They informed Clinton’s government of the plot.

    Bin Laden (70) tried to buy weapons-grade uranium to develop a weapon that would kill on a mass basis — like Hiroshima. (71) In November 1995, a car bomb exploded at a Saudi-U.S. joint facility in Riyadh, killing five Americans.

    June 1996. (72) Khobar Towers, which housed U.S. Air Force personnel in Saudi Arabia, was blown up by Saudi Hezbollahs with help from Iran and some al-Qaida involvement. Nineteen Americans were killed and 372 wounded.

    July-August 1996. (73) The U.S. received from senior level al-Qaida defectors intelligence on the creation, character, direction and intentions of al-Qaida.

    February 1998. (74) Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri issued a fatwa declaring “war on America” and making the murder of any American anywhere on earth the “individual duty” of every Muslim.

    May 29, 1998. Finally, (75) after a long series of deadly bombings carried out since 1992, and bin Laden calls to attack the U.S., Clinton’s CIA created a plan to raid and capture the al-Qaida leader at his Tarnak Farms compound in Afghanistan. After months of planning, consultations with senior officials in other departments and numerous full rehearsals that went well, the raid was called off at the last moment by CIA Director George Tenet and others worried about possible collateral damage and second-guessing and recrimination if bin Laden didn’t survive.

    Aug. 7, 1998. (76) Al-Qaida blew up U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, five minutes apart, killing 200, injuring 5,000.

    Now (77) Clinton’s team, wanting to take stronger action, decided to fire Tomahawk missiles at bin Laden’s training camps as well as a Sudan aspirin factory. (78) But the administration gave up to 48 hours notice to certain people, including the chief of staff of Pakistan’s army, so India wouldn’t think the missiles were aimed at them. Somehow forewarned, bin Laden and his terrorist leaders all left — no terrorists were killed, but U.S. ineffectiveness was on full display.

    Dec. 20, 1998. (79) Intelligence knew bin Laden would be at the Haii house in Kandahar but again passed up the opportunity due to potential collateral damage and the risk of failure. (80) Clinton approved a plan by his national security adviser, Sandy Berger, to use tribals to capture bin Laden. But nothing happened.

    Next, (81) the Pentagon created a plan to use an HC 130 gunship, a more precise method, against bin Laden’s headquarters, but the plan was later shelved. Lt. Gen. William Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense, told the 9/11 Commission “opportunities were missed due to an unwillingness to take risks and a lack of vision and understanding.”

    Feb. 10, 1999. (82) The CIA knew bin Laden would be at a desert hunting camp the next morning, the 11th. But the military failed to act because an official airplane of the United Arab Emirates was there and it was feared an Emirate prince or official might be killed.

    May 1999. (83) Detailed reports from several sources let the CIA know that bin Laden would be in Kandahar for five days. Everyone agreed it was the best chance to get bin Laden. But word came to stand down. It was believed Tenet and Clinton were again concerned about civilian collateral damage. A key project chief angrily said three opportunities were missed in 36 hours. October 2000, (84) the USS Cole was bombed, killing 17 U.S. sailors. No action was taken due to concerns expressed by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

    Americans must learn from history and costly mistakes. Sadly, (85) Democrat Jimmy Carter, a Southern peanut farmer, became our Neville Chamberlain, creating the specific conditions that have brought us the three greatest threats to our national security today: 1) (86) Iran’s nuke-bound terrorists; 2) (87) al-Qaida and other terrorists; and 3) (88) North Korea and its nuclear weapons.

    Carter’s (89) inability to deal with the Soviet communists emboldened them to invade Afghanistan. A 23-year-old bin Laden also was drawn there to recruit young Muslim fighters and build a network to raise money for the anti-Soviet jihad that later became al-Qaida.

    Years later, (90) civilian Carter took it on himself to go to North Korea and negotiate a peace agreement that would stop that communist country from developing nuclear weapons. He then convinced Clinton and Albright to go along with it. (91) The signed piece of paper proved worthless, as the Koreans easily deceived Democrats and used our money, incentives and technical equipment to build nuclear bombs and increase the threat we face today.

    The Clinton administration (92) had at least 10 chances to get bin Laden, but it repeatedly could not make the decision to act. There were too many people and departments involved, too much confusion and no strong leader to make the tough decisions to act. They were too timid and concerned about repercussions if they failed.

    Contrast this inability to take action with Harry Truman’s ability to make sound decisions and get results on complex defense issues — from dropping the bomb to end WWII to helping Iran and Turkey stave off the Soviets, from defending Greece from communist takeover following WWII to confronting and beating the Soviet’s Berlin blockade with a 14-month night-and-day Berlin airlift, from taking on the North Koreans to ultimately firing the popular Gen. Douglas MacArthur for insubordination.

    Further Democratic incompetence in matters of defense emerged from Clinton’s attorney general, Janet Reno, and her deputy, Jamie Gorelick. (93) They built a legal barrier that in effect prevented the CIA from sharing intelligence with the FBI before 9/11.

    Democrats in the Clinton administration (94) allowed the selling of important defense technology and secrets to the Chinese, who are now engaged in a massive military buildup.

    Estimates are that (95) 10,000 to 20,000 terrorists were trained in bin Laden’s many camps in the years before 9/11.

    Oil is also vital for our national defense. In 1952 we produced 93% of the oil we consumed. Now we depend on the Mideast and others for 66%. Democrats have been largely responsible for this because they have blocked all efforts to drill in Alaska and certain offshore areas estimated to contain 10 billion to 20 billion barrels of crude.

    Democrats (96) in Congress condemn current efforts to intercept terrorist phone calls, to mine data to ferret out future attacks against us, and to trace the movement of terrorist money through banks. All the while they want special treatment for enemy prisoners captured on the battlefield. This helps the enemy and undermines our troops in the field.

    We’re in a war. Something always goes wrong in a war, and our military leaders have made mistakes in Iraq. But quitting and leaving would amount to defeat for the U.S. in the global war on terrorism and create chaos. Quitters never win.

    Here’s the problem: America needs two strong, sound political parties. As far as domestic policy is concerned, it really doesn’t make much difference if Democrats or Republicans are in power. Ours is a free, entrepreneurial society where anyone can do anything he or she wants if they have a positive attitude and the desire to work, learn and achieve. Ambitious people come from all over the world to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. This is one reason our economy is so resilient, continually bouncing back from periodic setbacks, driven by new inventions and achievements.

    However, (97) when it comes to which party has proved more capable in acting to defend and protect Americans from foreign enemies, there is only one choice. From Johnson to Carter to Clinton, virtually all the defense policies and decisions made by Democratic administrations have been unsuccessful. And in many cases, they have unintentionally but materially increased the danger to our national security and the safety of all Americans.

  16. 109

    The Socialist spews:

    I wonder how the right wingers are going to feel when President Hillery inherits all these new laws ?

  17. 111

    Another TJ spews:

    I’ll never learn to love—or even like—this new American value called torture the way the Wingnuts do, but I can still appreciate a particular instance of it in action.

    The accented one addresses this feeling in a nice little post.

  18. 112

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. yesterday launched a voter registration drive aimed at its 1.3 million U.S. employees in what it describes as the largest such effort by a private company. The kickoff was held in Iowa, a key battleground in the upcoming midterm elections. [There are more HAPPY Wal-Mart customers in the USA than there are Democrat voters. Think about it!!]

  19. 113

    spews:

    Re: 14.

    Wow…J Craig Herman want to give up his citizenship?!? I’ll raise a glass to the notion of that un-American asswipe being off the island (Big Island, in this case).

    Hey…once he formally renounces his citizenship, maybe I can (1) collect a nice bounty for turning him in as a ferrin’ terrorist, and (2) get his ass the torturing it deserves.

    I’ll never learn to love—or even like—this new American value called torture the way the Wingnuts do, but I can still appreciate a particular instance of it in action. :-)

  20. 114

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    Do you know the main difference between G.W. Bush and Jane Fonda?

    Commentby headless lucy— [……………………………………Could it be that George Bush has 350 hours in F-106 Delta Darts, and Jane is a Democrat commie traitor bitch?]

  21. 116

    paco and taco spews:

    Hi, Goldy – just dropped in and saw your plea for Darcy and Goldmark – I’m going to his fundraiser next Wednesday, but I kicked in an extra $25 anyway. Have a good evening, and thanks for helping Peter retake Foley’s (Tom, not that self-hating gay in Florida)old seat!

  22. 117

    headless lucy spews:

    re 11: If you’re just a little woman (and compared to a 240 lb. athlete, you are )no matter how much martial arts skill you think you hsve, it won’t make a difference. Better bring a gun or your boyfriend. Now get your pointy-headed butt in the dunce corner like I ordered you to!

    I am a severe and masterful ALPHA male. Now, GIT!!!!!!

  23. 118

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    Senator Barbara Boxer
    112 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington DC , 20510

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    Dear Senator Boxer,

    As a long time California resident, not to mention an excellent customer of
    the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance.

    I have contacted the Immigration and Naturalization Service in an effort to
    determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to
    you.

    My reasons for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal
    alien stem from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for
    which you voted. If my understanding of this bill’s provisions is
    accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five
    years, what I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and
    income taxes for three of the last five years.

    I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process
    started before everyone figures it out. Simply put, those of us who have
    been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I’m excited about the
    prospect of avoiding two years of the last five years taxes in return for
    paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal
    retroactively? This would yield an excellent return for me and my family
    because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005 and I estimated a gross
    savings approximating $72,000. After the fine this would yield me a net
    savings of $70,000.

    In addition, I would reap the other benefits of being an illegal alien such
    as free healthcare, avoidance of paying Social Security taxes, buying
    automobile insurance, serving on jury panels, etc.

    If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal
    (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be
    most appreciative. Thank you for your assistance.

    Your Loyal Constituent,
    JCH
    San Diego, CA

  24. 119

    Kevin Judge spews:

    At the risk of wading into the swamp that is your comment section I would like to say a few things:

    1) I can’t wait for the trolls’ heads to explode when Darcy wins
    2) The blood lust vituperation that is your wingnuttosphere trolls (we fight them here so that we don’t have to fight them on NPR) will never accept responsibility for the abandonment of American codicil that happened yesterday. Of course, should it have happened on a democratic presidet’s watch there would be no sparing of teeth gnashing. And yet, we know what these trolls are all about, don’t we? They are all about a permanent Rethuglican majority. Now and 24/7. Their hyprocisy knows no bounds in the truth-deprived reality that is their intellectual hovel. Go ahead and gnash away, trolls, cuz we’re taking it all back and it starts with Burner. Retreat to your victim caves and rant away. For, as we all know, the truth has a decidedly liberal bias.

    Please, and I mean this in the most genteel of ways, all go fuck yourselves.

    You will all end up in the ash bin of history right next to Warren Harding and Joe McCarthy. Have a drink on me you irrelevant pieces of scum.

  25. 121

    sgmmac spews:

    Lucy,

    You are clueless and I could care less who YOU think you are. It is so easy for you converse on the internet. Let’s try you ordering me to do something in person and you’d better bring it tough guy or this female will wax the floor with your ass.

  26. 122

    freek spews:

    Just found the answer myself: there is no good reason. Contributions via ActBlue are not tax deductible and, if you use a credit card, Darcy gets your contribution minus 3 or 4 per cent.

  27. 123

    freek spews:

    Why should I give via your page rather than just sending her a check. I would think there is almost no overhead in cashing a check and I don’t have in interest in your personal goal, as noble as that may be.

  28. 125

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    E-3 GBS, Everyone seems to “lie” but you. Paranoid much? My guess is if you were a fuckup in the Navy, not much has changed.

  29. 126

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    E-3 GBS, Captain’s Mast after XO’s inquiry, and busted to E-3. For you to comment on my military service is a joke, E-3 “mess cook” GBS.

  30. 127

    smokin in the boys room spews:

    Stefshark451: So, what are you wearing?
    Timmyeye16: my lacrosse shorts

    Stefshark451: Yum! I’m picturing your slim little legs right now
    Timmyeye16: Oh, you’re making me blush!

    Stefshark451: Did you slap it this weekend?
    Timmyeye16: couple a times lol

    Stefshark451: I’ll bet it was big and hard…
    Timmyeye16: well it’s not that big, really
    Timmyeye16: but it’s nice and smooth and hairless…

    Stefshark451: OMG I thnk I’m cumming!
    Timmyeye16: Blogme Stefshark!

  31. 128

    margaret mead spews:

    OK, I’d give more, but how does one give without using a credit card? Let me know if that is possible, please. Actblue only takes cards….

  32. 129

    GBS spews:

    HL:

    If you’re talking about the military and lying the it is presumed you are either talking about Bush or JCH.

    Well, I guess you could include Chenye and Rove. Oh,yeah, DeLay, Frist, Limbaugh, Medved, Michael “savage” Weiner (what a display of little dick syndrom), and almost any other conservative punk ass bitch you can think of.

  33. 131

    headless lucy spews:

    re 1: You’re the terrorist. Given an opportunity I would punish you —– severely. That’s what you really want , isn’t it? You’re the kind of AUTHORITARIAN PERSONALITY that likes to kiss butt, not kick butt.

    Do you know the main difference between G.W. Bush and Jane Fonda?

    At least Jane Fonda had the courage to actually go to Vietnam in support of her beliefs about the war.

    Not baby Bush, though. The deserting coward.

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    aarp insurance agent spews:

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    phentermine spews:

    unrestrained:prorates Ulster!powerfully packing brocaded?endemic tributes shutting: