Giuliani Misleads On 9-11 Response

Last night on Hannity Radio ( Link ), Rudy Giuliani defended himself against criticism for his decision toput New York’s emergency command center in the World Trade Center, by saying that in the aftermath of 9-11, they had a new command center upand running in “half an hour” ( Link ) at Police Academy.

But it’s not true. The reality, documented in his own book (and the media) is that he and others traipsed around Manhattan for THREE HOURS trying various sites out before settling at the police academy.

From the Democratic Party’s research team, here’s the timeline:

Option 1: WTC 7 Evacuated Shortly After 9 AM. Giuliani wrote that “Now that the second plane had hit, the command center was being evacuated” it was too near to the attacked buildings and could itself be a target…We had to set up a new command center.” [Giuliani, Leadership, p. 5-6]

1 Hour Later: 75 Barclay, Picked On The Run, Is Another Brief Stop. According to Giuliani’s book “Bernie [Kerik] and his staff had already identified a building at 75 Barclay Street, just northeast of 7 World Trade Center.” [Leadership, p. 6] He wrote that “at about 9:50 A.M. we
commandeered the offices at 75 Barclay.” [Leadership, p. 10] There the group was trapped and had to escape through the basement into 100 Church Street [Leadership, p. 12]

Another 90 Minutes Later, Tower 1 Falls, Government “No Longer Had A Place To Work.” Giuliani wrote that after Tower 1 fell at about 10:30 AM, “There was no way to find out what was going on.” [Leadership, p. 15]

Now NYPD Searching For New Command Post, Hotel Tribeca Grand Rejected On Arrival. “Bernie had sent a couple of his guys ahead to the Tribeca Grand to set up phone lines and clear the place out, like a scouting party in an Old Western.” Finding this space unsuitable, the group moved on again. [Leadership, p. 15]

Next Stop: Locked Out From Firehouse With A “Couple of Working Phones.” Giuliani wrote that as they continued to seek a new command post, “Somebody mentioned Engine Company 24, a firehouse at Houston Street and Sixth Avenue. We made our way the few blocks north.” [Leadership, p. 15] Because the firefighters were at the World Trade Center, the door was locked and “the entire city government”mayor, deputy mayors, commissioners” spent several minutes trying to get into the firehouse.” [Leadership, p. 15] Once inside “we found a couple of working phones. [Leadership, p. 16]

Three Hours Later, At Noon: City Government Finally Settled At Police Academy. After a continuing search for a workable location, “Bernie [Kerik] had heard back from his scouts and suggested the Police Academy on 20th Street.” [Leadership, p. 19]

“We arrived about noon, and nearly every member of my administration crammed into the small administrative offices. Soon we were at work, planning our response.” [Leadership, p. 19]
Mitt Romney: Republican of Convenience ( Link )

Mr. Romney has tacked heavily to the right in his presidential bid, seeking to portray himself as the true conservative in the race, but when he ran for governor of Massachusetts, a heavily Democratic state, he conveyed a much more moderate image. The 40-second video, posted on YouTube.com and a Web site created by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, www.romneyfacts.com ( Link ), seeks to
highlight that difference. “I’ve been very clear, I think, to people across the commonwealth that my ‘R’ doesn’t stand so much for Republican as it does for reform,” he said in one clip to a reporter on September 21, 2002 on WBZ-TV.

In another interview on WGBH Greater Boston on Sept. 19, 2002, he said, “I’m not running as the Republican view, or a continuation of Republican values. That’s not what brings me to the race.” The video also shows Mr. Romney speaking negatively of the dominance of Republicans in Utah, where he had just spent three years running the Olympics.

“I’m not convinced the state would be better off with all Republicans,” he said in a speech before the Bostonchamber of commerce. “As a matter of fact, I’ve been in a state like that, for the last three years. It’s not a good thing.” ( Link )

Send John Ensign a Message: “Enough Already” In Irag

Send John Ensign a Message: “Enough Already” In Irag

Support the Letter-writing Campaign to Impact Ensign’s War Vote! The Washoe County Democrats are organizing a letter writing campaign to urge Senator John Ensign to “get off the fence” and commit to a vote to end the war in Iraq. A major vote on war appropriations is expected in September (also keep watch on the Senate amendment to draw down the troops being debated this week). We want to accumulate a significant packet of letters and deliver them to Ensign’s office as a “bomb” late in August. Many powerful Republicans are crossing the aisle on this issue, and in conjunction with the Democratic initiative to begin scaling back the troops and reining in war spending, we can hope to see progress on this issue.
Tell John Ensign Nevadans want a clear message that our national representatives will no longer support a failed occupation that is claiming American and Iraqi lives and taxing both economies. Send your letters to:

Washoe County Democratic Party
1465 Terminal Way, Suite1
Reno, NV 89502
Attention: John Ensign: Enough Already

Opposing Universal Health Care

Why do all the other first-world countries have universal health care and LOVE it, but America doesn’t? Really! Stop and ask yourself, why.

If you can’t guess the answer, I’ll give you a hint. Who spent hundreds of millions of dollars airing misleading and fictitious ads to defeat Clinton’s attempt to fix our broken health care system?

You guessed it, the Health Care Industry. Since the defeat of Clinton’s Universal Health Care campaign, many tens of thousands of Americans have suffered and died needlessly, so the Health Care Industry can make record profits.

Does that strike anyone as immoral?

We will never be able to pool our tax dollars into a non-profit Health Care System until we can defeat the industry’s multi-million dollar marketing monster. Since Clinton failed, I can only say that there must have been a better way to do it. Perhaps soliciting for donations from the voters to help educate America using the real facts. I really don’t know, but I know that it can and IT MUST be done or we will fail as a country.

But, voters, BEWARE! There is hardly a politician that doesn’t feel at least a little bit obligated to this immoral monster. You even hear politicians offering up “Guaranteed Coverage”. Say WHAT? Guarantee the insurance companies get record profits? Guarantee the medical industry gets record profits? Are you nuts? The only reasonable Universal Health Care is the system that takes  unreasonable money out of the equation.

If you haven’t yet, I strongly suggest going and seeing Michael Moore’s Sicko. He does a good job of proving that Universal Health Care works absolutely great for almost everyone. Everyone but the companies that want more and more of your money with nothing paid back in return. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than what we have now, and we can only get to the perfect solution by taking the first step.

But, be ready for the fight of your life. There are immoral companies out there making billions off dollars a year at your expense. Billions of dollars! They will sell their souls to the devil to keep your money pouring into their pockets. Be prepared to spend a little of your own money to help educate the mis-informed.

Like every journey, this has to start with a first step. When will it be?

Set the iPhone Free!

Set the iPhone Free!

This summer’s hottest high-tech gadget is Apple’s iPhone. But
along with its slick design and slicker marketing campaign, this
device is a bellwether for the future of the open Internet – and
the signals it’s sending aren’t good.

Ben Scott, Guardian
( Link )

Fred Thompson: Wanted to ditch divisive Republican platform in 1996

Fred Thompson: Wanted to ditch divisive Republican platform in 1996

Described as pro-choice It seems Mitt Romney has some competition in the “say-anything-to-get-elected” department. Election central

( Link ) links to a David Brody post ( Link ) which has some choice quotes from lobbyist Fred Thompson in 1996–when he wanted to chuck the national Republican platform.

Thompson wants to change the way the 1996 Republican National Convention is conducted. For starters, he wants to abolish the party platform–just toss the archaic thing away. ‘It’s the most useless device I’ve ever heard of,’ Thompson said during a recent visit to Memphis.”

“Thompson said he opposes making early-term abortions a crime, as some Republicans would like to do with a constitutional amendment. ‘But I don’t think you should bolt on one issue. I’m still not convinced platforms are a good idea. We know what we believe in and I don’t think we need to write it all down in a document,’ Thompson said. The Tennessee Republican, a pro-choice defender in a party with an anti-abortion tilt, is preparing for next week’s convention in San Diego. He said the party must avoid distracting issues and focus on electing Bob Dole as president. ‘We need to concentrate on what brings us together and not what divides us,’ Thompson said in an interview with The Tennessean published Tuesday.

So if Fred Thompson thought in 1996 that the Republican platform is divisive, when did he change his mind? He’s an actor, so was he acting then–or is he acting now?

Link

Giuliani: I Swear They’re Volunteers

Giuliani: I Swear They’re Volunteers … Really Big Volunteers. Rudy
breaks federal campaign law

Giuliani’s campaign spending reports showed no security expenses during the first three months of this year. But the burly guards who trail Giuliani around the country have not been working for free.

For most of this year, Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, has paid the cost of the security detail — an arrangement that has existed since Giuliani stepped down as New Yorkmayor– campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella said. His campaign travels eventually became so extensive that the campaign began picking up the costs on June 18,
she said .

“It certainly appears to challenge the law, with respect to a corporate contribution,” said Ellen Miller, a longtime campaign finance watchdog in Washington. “A corporation cannot make an in-kind contribution by paying for a service or a party or even food at a party.”

( Link )

Republicans Snub the NAACP.

Up to nine presidential candidates will take the stage at CoboCenteron Thursday morning to woo the African-American vote. At most, there will be one Republican.

It’s not for lack of an invitation. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People extended invitations to all announced Republican and Democratic candidates two months ago. The national staff of the civil rights organization followed up with phone calls.

But the three leading Republican candidates — U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, the former Massachusettsgovernor and a Michigannative — have all said they won’t come, citing scheduling conflicts.

Link

Cocaine, Pedophelia, and Prostitution! Oh My!

Another key supporter of Republican presidential contender RudyGiuliani suffered an embarrassment when he admitted last night the”serious sin” of at one time calling an escort service accused of beinga prostitute ring.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who is Giuliani’s most prominent Southernconservative supporter, was implicated when the so-called “D.C. Madam”disclosed that his telephone number was found among the telephonerecords of the escort service, Pamela Martin and Associates, in a periodbefore he was elected to Senate in 2004.

Link

The Crimes of Home Schooling

Has anyone done any research to see who are all those parents that are doing home schooling? Of the few home schoolers that I know, all have elected to do this to save their children from the evils of a “Progressive School System”, that teaches such evil topics as biology and evolution.

Shouldn’t this be an imprisonable offense? Isn’t this causing irreparable harm to the youth, soon to be new voters, of our country? Shouldn’t these parents be relieved of their parental duties like a parent who refuses medical treatment for their kids for religious reasons?

We have a growing problem that needs to see the light of day.

More Proof of Liberal Media

“Only the far left wing radicals support impeaching Bush and/or Cheney.” Everyone who has ever listened to Fair and Balanced journalism knows this fact. However, when we really look at the numbers, we see that 46% of America’s voters support impeaching Bush (up from 42% last year) and 50% support impeaching Cheney. Only 44% oppose impeaching either Bush or Cheney.

So, why do we hear, daily, that it’s only a far left fringe? Why is the Fair and Balanced Liberal Media so busy lying to us? Well, obviously because they know that there are plenty of conservatives out there who are stupid enough to keep believing them. Fair and Balanced lies are more swill for the Republican base. And the liars continue to say there’s a Liberal Bias. Exactly how stupid can the media get and still keep the Republicans listening? Many Republicans are coming to their senses, but many more will take a whole lot more swill before choking on it.

The Republican corruption has a firm handle on the media. Watch and see how easy it is to get the national media spewing the White House talking points, even when they’re proven to be lies. However, when the Democrats want to educate the voting public, the horrific crimes get glossed over in favor of Paris Hilton or “More Missing White Girls”.

In order to restore reason to our government, we need to clean up our media, and we need to do it now! How about donating to a fledgling progressive radio station? How about the Democratic party getting together and doing something about this?

Government’s Role in Business

There are two important issues closely intertwined in America’s corporate-influenced government – the role of government, and the priorities of a successful business person.

Let’s start with the role of government. Many people seem to forget that there is no “THE government”. There is only “US government”. The government is OUR government. It is the laws and policies that we, the people, have put together to make OUR lives better. We really need to start using the right words, here. There is no “THE government”.

Now, why wouldn’t we want our government regulating the poisons coming out of corporate smokestacks? Of course we do. That’s why we created a government in the first place – to allow us to better protect ourselves.

Beware when you hear a politician saying, THE government. It’s probably a lie that follows.

So, what is the driving principles of the successful entrepreneur? A drive for wealth and power. For the average business man in America, today, morals have to play a very minor role, or the business is doomed to fail at the expense of the more ruthless business. The only way to stay competitive is to sell your soul to the devil.

When we were a small country, this wasn’t quite as true. When businesses got a bad name 100 years ago, they usually went out of business. Today, they go to the marketing companies and come up with a new past.

This makes it impossible for the average customer to know the real history of any business, and sooner or later we all end up buying from companies that are out to do us harm.

Along comes our government. We put laws in place to protect us from unethical business practices and it works for a while. However, sooner or later someone votes for a Republican and we find ourselves where we are today, with our billions of dollars invested in OUR government being stolen right out from under our noses.

We need our government to be strong in order to stem the infection invading our corporations.

Here’s what we need to fix:

1. Remove freedom of speech from corporations.
2. Stop the aristocratic society by increasing the inheritance tax to 99% after the first $1 Million.
3. Quit pussyfooting around with the fines. If it’s a case of harming the communities, the world, or the customers, make the fines serious. 40% of net profits the first occurrence, 40% of gross sales on the second occurrence, and prison terms for all board of directors on the third occurrence. It should never be cheaper to pay the fines than to fix the problem. No more pussyfooting!

Got any other suggestions?

Bush Filling Posts With Gestapo

Bush is filling government posts with the Gestapo [Think Progress] and there’s nothing you can or care to do about it. It’s time to get enraged! We can’t wait till 2008. If your plan is to do nothing until 2008, it will be too late!!

This is your last best chance to save America.

Get ENRAGED!

Did Cheney Pardon Libby?

Think Progress brings up an interesting question. Did Cheney Pardon Libby?

Nah, couldn’t possibly be.

Are there no Republican voters out there with enough honor to clean up the mess they’ve made of this country’s government? How about donating to an Impeach Cheney First campaign?

Libby Free

So, let’s see if I get this right. Libby, tried and convicted for obstructing an investigation into treason IN THE WHITE HOUSE, is freed by the White House. Is there no shame in this administration? Is there no honor in the Republican party for not evicting the traitors? Where has American come in the past six years? Where are we headed? I weep for our country.

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