Saturday, March 31, 2007

To All Spanish Speaking Ghetto Dwellers
Newt Gingrich wants you to learn the language of prosperity
The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. ... We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto," Gingrich said to cheers from the crowd of more than 100......more
How Low Can You Go
Barack Obama In Ybor
April 15, 2007
Courtyard of the Cuban Club, Ybor City 2pm
For tickets to the $25 rally, call (813) 258-2224
Belacqua Jones
Letters to the president from his ardent admirer
Isn’t psychosis dynamic? Where would the world be without madness? There would have been no Roman Empire, no Carthage, no Crusades, no bringing of Christianity to the New World. We would have had neither World War I or II, nor Hiroshima, nor Korea, nor the Cold War, nor Vietnam, nor Iraq.........more

City Of Largo Sanctioned Civil Rights Violations

Neko Case - Maybe Sparrow

Publix's new pay system:
High performance, Smaller paycheck
Mass merchants have used performance incentives for years, but they're usually tied to a store's performance and meant to foster teamwork. Publix zeroes in on each worker and adds the unconventional twist of institutionalizing disincentives - even for top performers......more

Friday, March 30, 2007

Grass Roots Planted In Cyberspace
John Edwards's Campaign Leads the Field

No one's sure exactly what role these sites -- a.k.a. socnets -- will play in the upcoming election. But whatever it is, Edwards isn't taking any chances. The man's flooding the zone. He's on the big ones: Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, et al., where supporters and well-wishers are sending their best to his wife,
Bush Apologizes
"We're not going to be satisfied until everyone gets the kind of care that their folks and families expect."

Gov. Richardson speaks to Democracy For America

That is just one of Governor Bill Richardson's responses to DFA members who wrote comments in our Presidential Primary Petition on Iraq.
Successfully Executing Its Vision and Answering Its Critics
10 questions for's co-founders Wes Boyd and Joan Blades about the recent progressive debate over how Democrats in Congress approached stopping the war in Iraq and their plans for the future......more
Blogging with Bush

In trying to win support for his escalation in Iraq, President Bush was reduced to quoting two bloggers in Baghdad -- who turned out to be brothers he once met at the White House -- and their comments were more than three weeks old. Has it come to this?.......more

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Mos Def - Immortal Technique - Eminem

Orwell with a twist: We have not always been at war
It reminded me of the naive shock I felt upon first finding out that my country was of a type that would have a military training school in Fort Benning where soldiers from all over Latin America could come to learn the techniques they would need not to fight the soldiers of other armies, but to keep their own restless populations in line.....more

Obama speaks to Democracy For America

Last month, DFA members called upon the 2008 presidential candidates to take a stand on Iraq. Here is Sen. Barack Obama's response

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tampa, The City Of Nose Pickers
To Borrow A Phrase From Neil Rogers
After reading the local blogs all week i thought for sure Mr. Redner would win this election. What Happened? Where were all the progressive democrats, is this the best we can do? I have nothing against Gwen Miller but Mr. Redner would of given this city a voice it has needed for along time. Maybe blogs and the people that read them are not as influential as they think they are.
Go To Church Win A Falcon
@ The Church Of You

Monday, March 26, 2007

Smugglers Toss Africans Overboard
Smugglers taking illegal migrants from Somalia to Yemen forced hundreds of Africans overboard in stormy seas in an effort to make a fast getaway. Passengers who resisted the smugglers were stabbed or beaten with wooden and steel clubs, then thrown into the water where some were attacked by sharks.......more
Bush And Political Theater

George W. Bush has always despised "political theater," as you can see from these photos which were recently re-discovered by members of DU.
Meet Christopher Brevard he didn't believe in Bush's War
As a kid growing up on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Christopher Brevard dreamed of military glory. As an adult, he spent the last months of his life fighting a war he didn't believe in. 'Mom, I would lay my life down in a heartbeat fighting for America. But if I lose my life over here, I will not feel like I died for my country," said the soldier's mother, Michele Brevard, 51......more
Emerging Republican Minority
Remember how the 2004 election was supposed to have demonstrated, once and for all, that conservatism was the future of American politics? I do: early in 2005, some colleagues in the news media urged me, in effect, to give up. “The election settled some things,” I was told.....more

How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair

Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Largo 5
Meet Rep. John Lewis
"Not Another Dollar" for the Iraq War
President John F. Kennedy once said, ``Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.'' My greatest fear is that the young people of Iraq and of the Middle East will never forget this war. My greatest fear is they will grow up hating our children and our children's children for what we have done. Mr. Speaker, the Bible is right. Even a great nation can reap what it sows......more
A Comment By Mark Ferguson
Largo(City of Regress, not Progress)

All I could do after seeing this is shake my head and cry. Its sad that here we live in country that offers freedom to those who seek it. But yet when it comes to beliefs, views, or differences that freedom is easily taken away. Brandon Pride started because Hillsborough County faced similar bigotry, and hatred 2 years ago when commissioners passed a policy that Gay Pride was no longer allowed, or recognized. The question still remains to this day...Are we truly free to live our lives the way we want to live them, or not?

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner, and newly elected Tampa City Council member Tom Scott once said quote "Civil rights, and Gay Rights are not the same." But this is not about Gay Rights. This is about Equality, nothing more, nothing less. By what Hillsborough County Commissioners, and Largo Commissioners have done is a great injustice to our county by spiting on the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution. Most of all they do not represent the districts they serve. Many people in both Hillsborough County, and Largo have stated that they are supportive of the GLBT community. But those commissioners have put their own interests ahead of their constituents, and that is wrong. I have decided I will no longer be confined to a prison camp created by those who spread bigotry and hate. I will continue fighting for Equality by speaking out, and standing my ground. If anyone discriminates against me for who I am my warning is this: "DON'T TREAD ON ME!" I am who I am and I will fight for my freedom and independence to my last breath.

Mark Ferguson
Brandon Pride President
Largo, Florida
The City of Progress or The City of Bigots?
The third largest city in Pinellas County, Florida, USA and is part of the Tampa Bay Area. Centrally located, it is the crossroads of the county. The City of Largo is governed by a commission of 7 people elected at large to staggered, three year terms. The mayor acts as a member and presiding officer of the Commission. The Commission's role encompasses the setting of city policy, exercising those duties imposed by the charter and law, and striving to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public within the corporate bounds of the City of Largo........Wikipedia
Good Luck, Mr. Stanton
Standing Up In D.C.
"A time comes when silence is betrayal." - Martin Luther King Jr.
It was in important day to be in Washington, DC. And while many Americans busy themselves with their own personal lives, whether the kids have done their homework, or whether the car will be out of the shop on time, or even ponder what plan for season tickets they want for baseball season, too many still are only barely conscious that their country started it’s fifth year in Iraq......more


Stupid people have outbred intelligent people

Friday, March 23, 2007

Americans Support The Troops
Private support for US soldiers looks as strong as ever
Not all care packages come from Americans who support the war, but many soldiers don't seem to mind. "I would still accept it," says Pvt. David Bounds from the 610 Brigade Support Battalion in Baghdad. "They may not support the reasons why we are here, but it's good that they still care in some aspect.".......more
ExxonMobil Risks Valdez-like Oil Spill in Alaska
Eighteen years after the most devastating oil spill in U.S. history, ExxonMobil still has not paid the punitive damages owed to the victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and is operating the largest, most dangerous oil tanker in the area -- the Exxon Valdez sister ship, Sea River Long Beach.........more

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Revolution is a Moment
It’s hard to imagine a bright future for the Cuban revolution when you see a Havana trapped in a time warp. Everything seems a contradiction. Cubans come up to me and start a friendly conversation that ends in a business transaction of some kind; colonial building in decay but that still look royal, and the deafening Studebakers, Chevys, Fords and Cadillacs from the 40s and 50s move among the modern cars that carry a tourist license plate.......more
Let's End The Cuban Embargo, Only With The Free Exchange Of Ideas With The Cuban People Will We Bring A End To This Disaster They Call A Revolution. This Embargo Has Done Nothing But Divide Families And Bring Hardship To The People Of Cuba.
In Cuba, Fidel Castro is the last person to feel the pain caused by the U.S. measures...Cato

Sunsara Taylor takes on Bill O'Reilly

The US Prepares its First Guantanamo Trials

The Pentagon is launching its first trials of long-term detainees at Guantanamo. The trials will take place before military tribunals, which grant very few rights to defense attorneys. Ironically, it became clear long ago that the overwhelming majority of the prisoners at Guantanamo were not terrorists......more
Chavez vs Bush in Latin America: No contest
From Buenos Aires
US President George Bush has been touring Latin American countries this March with two goals in mind: keep the continent divided and keep it subservient to US imperialist interests. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has also been visiting his neighbours. His goals are the opposite: to unite the countries of Latin America and to encourage and support the continent’s independence from US imperialism.......more

Re-Elect Gore in 2008!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Attorney General Gonzalez
The Shame Of The Latin Community
In a community so desperate for good role models, the ascent of Gonzales represented a double triumph: Not only would he be the first Latino Attorney General, but in addition, he would also be the first Latino to occupy one of the four positions of greatest influence in the presidential cabinet.....more
The nickname Bush gave Alberto Gonzales is Fredo - from Wikipedia: in Mario Puzo's novel, Fredo was always thought of in the Corleone crime Family as the weakest and most foolish of the three Corleone brothers, and so was given its unimportant businesses to run......ahnc
I know it was you, Fredo....
Embattled Bush
During President Bill Clinton's final six years, the Republican-led majority in Congress issued more than 1,000 subpoenas to the White House; during Mr. Bush's first term, the Republicans issued none. Of course, this is the same Republican majority that took 140 hours of sworn testimony about alleged misuse of the Clintons' Christmas card list but a mere 12 hours on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.......more
Buddy Johnson is a Buffoon

Or worse, he is manipulating local elections. Either way, he should be fired, suspended or otherwise relieved of his duties.......more

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Troops in Iraq want out
"Bush can come fight here. He can take my 1,000 dollars a month and I'll go home."
A poll commissioned by the BBC, ABC News, ARD German TV and USA Today, showed only 18 percent of those questioned had confidence in US and coalition troops, while 78 percent opposed their presence.......more

Blackwater: Bush's Shadow Army

Jeremy Scahill reports on the Bush Administration's growing dependence on private security forces such as Blackwater USA and efforts in Congress to rein them in.

Feed Your Blog @ Outpost Earth

Outpost-Earth is a "Dynamic" directory of the latest updates from bloggers across the web and from around the world. As a visitor you can browse blogs by location or topic to discover what people are talking about in your area. As a member, by adding your own blog, your latest posts will appear across the Outpost-Earth network bringing exposure and traffic to your site......more

Big Sister 1984

Howard Dean and the Last Laugh

"I'm Howard Dean and I'm here to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party!" Dean thundered in February 2003 as he began his race for the Democratic nomination. Dean's anger was directed not only at George W. Bush, but also at those Democrats who were backing Bush's Iraq war, tax cuts and No Child Left Behind legislation.....more

Our Choice

Monday, March 19, 2007

DFA Night School
Anyone Can Run
Have you ever thought about running for office? Are you looking for someone to run in your area? Launching your own campaign can seem daunting, yet getting people like you elected is vital to building the progressive movement. Tomorrow night DFA Night School will help prepare you to make the leap and run for elected

March on Pentagon Protest

Viva The American People

Dean On The Fourth Anniversary Of The Iraq War
"Four years ago, President Bush' his Administration misled our nation into a war of choice that has led to the loss of 3,200 American lives and tens of thousands more wounded......more

The Ybor City Stogie 4 Years On The Net
The Beginnings March 19, 2003
GOP And Dems, How Much Longer Will This Go On?

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Odon Soterias: New Fan
Best Band At Williams Park Peace Rally

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Such A Nice Day For A Peace Rally
Where Was Everybody?

Samm Simpson, My Hero

Dixie Chick's And Captian America
Mr. Moore Was In The House
Teach Them Early
Free Music
What Howard Dean Said
Almost 4 Years Ago

When Congress approved the President’s authorization to go to war in Iraq – no matter how well-intentioned – it was giving the green light to the President to set his Doctrine of preemptive war in motion. It now appears that Iraq was just the first step. Already, the Bush dministration is apparently eyeing Syria and Iran as the next countries on its target list. Too much is at stake. We have taken decades of consensus on the conduct of foreign policy – bipartisan consensus in the United States and consensus among our allies in the world community – and turned it on its head. It could well take decades to repair the damage this President and his cohort of right-wing ideological advisors have done to our standing in the international community.
Howard Dean, April 17, 2003

Iraq Veterans Memorial: Meet PFC Tamario D. Burkett

Iraq Veterans Memorial: Meet Lt. Col. Paul J. Finken

Iraq Veterans Memorial: Meet Sgt. Edward Smith

Iraq Veterans Memorial: Meet Spc. Patrick McCaffrey

Iraq Veterans Memorial- Meet Sgt. Sherwood Baker

Friday, March 16, 2007

Iraq Veterans Memorial: Meet LCPL Eric Palmisano

Iraq Veterans Memorial: Meet Spc. Jamaal Addison

Peace Rally in St. Petersburg
4 Year Iraq War "Anniversary"
Saturday, March 17,
Williams Park, St. Pete

4:00 to 9:00PM
Best Of Right Wing Howler
Liberals are: gun grabbing, blinkered, Starbucks drinking, elitist, granola eating, bleeding heart, namby-pamby, Birkenstock wearing, tree hugging, long haired, pansy-assed, kumbaya-singing, Earth First, bed-wetting, patchouli wearing, dirty, smelly, dope smoking, bongo playing, arm pit haired women and feminized, armpit shaved men crying “Mother Earth is Gaia” types (with the emphasis on “Earth-First” and “Mother Earth is Gaia”
Hurricane Ronda
The freshman senator from Brandon who made a name for herself on the Hillsborough County Commission as its official right-wing moral crusader is already busy making headlines upstate.
Her latest: a bill supposedly aimed at exposing those who sexually abuse underage girls......more

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The New Dean Political Plan
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean has been meeting with world leaders to repair "the extraordinary damage" that the Bush administration has done to America's image and to prepare the way for a new Democratic president.......more
Hillsborough County Commissioners in developers' back pockets
In an appallingly arrogant move, the commissioners ripped out whole chapters from the citizens' 3-year planning project, at a meeting with no public notice and no public comment, weeks before the public hearing. Commissioners Hagan and Blair didn't seem to know or care that all our community plans were in the "Livable Communities Element" as they moved to eliminate that whole 164-page section......more
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Join us this April 13th and 14th in Chicago, as farmworkers from Immokalee prepare to take consumers on a tour "Behind the Golden Arches" to the fields of exploitation where McDonald's tomatoes are

With These Hands I Demand the Future

Cornel West on:
"What It Means to Be a Leftist in the 21st Century"

What does it really mean to be a leftist in the early part of the 21st century? What are we really talking about? And I can just be very candid with you. It means to have a certain kind of temperament, to make certain kinds of political and ethical choices, and to exercise certain analytical focuses in targeting on the catastrophic and the monstrous, the scandalous, the traumatic, that are often hidden and concealed in the deodorized and manicured discourses of the mainstream. That's what it means to be a leftist. So let's just be clear about it......more