It’s Republicans Doing It

I woke up this morning thinking about something Chris Bowers wrote at MyDD a while ago. We need to start to tie Bush and the war to “Republicans.”
Chris Bowers discovered that when a certain percent of the public can identify which party controls the Congress, the other party gains seats in the next election. (Doesn’t matter if they correctly identify which party.) He suggested that Dems advertise that Republicans control the Congress to win this election.
I think we in the blogosphere are hyper-informed and don’t really understand where regular people are at — the thought that regular people can’t even identify who controls Congress boggles our minds. But that’s the way it is. Regular people are in a different world than the one we are in, get their information in different ways, and retain information for different reasons. The better we understand and utilize this, the better off we will be at getting regular people to see things our way.
So before we work to pump “facts” out there, we need to cover the basics. Let’s start by making sure that the public identifies their troubles with Republicans.

War Crime of Aggressive War Confirmed

This is a turning point. In tomorrow’s New York Times, Bush Was Set on Path to War, Memo by British Adviser Says,

In the weeks before the United States-led invasion of Iraq, as the United States and Britain pressed for a second United Nations resolution condemning Iraq, President Bush’s public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was blunt: Disarm or face war.
But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair’s top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times.
“Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning,” David Manning, Mr. Blair’s chief foreign policy adviser at the time, wrote in the memo that summarized the discussion between Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair and six of their top aides.
“The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March,” Mr. Manning wrote, paraphrasing the president. “This was when the bombing would begin.”

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Today’s Voting Machines Story

Voting machine companies now refuse to sell to election officials who might TEST the machines to see if they are vulnerable to vote manipulation. These officials are required by federal law to to acquire new voting machines, so the refusal to sell can ruin careers.
Election Whistle-Blower Stymied by Vendors,

A spokesman said Diebold will not sell to Sancho without assurances that he will not permit more such tests, which the company considers a reckless use of the machines.

And surprise, it is Bush (lack of) federal oversight causing trouble again,

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Russian President Putin – Plagiarist Or Victim Of Right-Wing Smear?

When Bush first met Russian President Putin, Bush declared that he had “looked into his soul” and a bunch of hogwash like that. Maybe that should have been a tip-off: Researchers peg Putin as a plagiarist over thesis,

Large chunks of Mr. Putin’s mid-1990s economics dissertation on planning in the natural resources sector were lifted straight out of a management text published by two University of Pittsburgh academics nearly 20 years earlier, Washington researchers insisted yesterday.
Six diagrams and tables from the 218-page dissertation mimic in form and content similar charts in the Russian translation of the Americans’ work as well, according to Brookings Institution senior fellow Clifford G. Gaddy.

Warning, this story originated at the Washington Times, which is published by a Korean-based religious cult with shadowy connections to the Korean CIA and the Japanese mafia. So there are reasons to suspect this accusation (as anything from this source) might just be propaganda with an agenda behind it,

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Obesity

I ask everyone to please read the diary Daily Kos: Vegetables of Mass Destruction – Obesity: Whose Fault? and remember to recommend it. It is important to your health to understand what she is writing.
I am working on something that touches on this, about what I call “marketing diseases.” I think obesity is a marketing disease. Wanting a new car is a marketing disease. Debt is a marketing disease. Global warming is a marketing disease. The corporate Right’s mantra of “personal responsibility” really means pitting isolated individuals against billions of dollars of research into marketing and psychological manipulation…

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The Blogs’ Message: The Nature Of American Government Has Changed

In Administration tells Congress (again) – We won’t abide by your “laws”, Glenn Greenwald lays it out:

The reality is that the Administration has been making clear for quite some time that they have unlimited power and that nothing — not even the law — can restrict it. … As I have documented more times than I can count, we have a President who has seized unlimited power, including the power to break the law, and the Administration — somewhat commendably — is quite candid and straightforward about that fact.

I think this is the key line:

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Listening To Everyone

Bush claims that the illegal wiretapping is OK because they are only listening to known terrorists. But now there is more evidence supporting my theory that the NSA is listening to every call, to see IF any might involve terroists. (And maybe to collect information to use to blackmail political opponents and the press.)
DOJ: NSA Could’ve Monitored Doctors’ Calls ,

The National Security Agency could have legally monitored ordinarily confidential communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients, the Justice Department said Friday of its controversial warrantless surveillance program.

Could have monitored calls between doctors and patients or attorneys and clients? They’re listening to EVERYONE. They are intercepting every single call, computers are looking for certain words, and calls that trigger the computers are sent to a human for analysis. It’s what the NSA is said to do, and they just added domestic calls.