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Party Time '08 Update: Kayne, Daughtry, Scotch and Cigars

By Mary Ann Akers
The lineup for the recording industry lobby's biggest bashes at both political conventions is official: it'll be hip-hop king Kanye West in Denver and boyish-looking -- but not boy band -- Daughtry in Minnesota's twin cities for the Republicans to enjoy. (Chris Daughtry, of American Idol fame, is getting rave reviews despite his quasi boy-band look.)

The Recording Industry Association of America, known for it's A-list convention parties, has this time around teamed up with Bono's poverty fighting One Campaign, which will host a slew of "educational activities" at both parties' conventions. Tip-toeing around the strict new ethics rules governing lobbyist-sponsored convention events, the RIAA's press releases about its parties were heavily focused on the ONE Campaign's do-good work.

"ONE will be part of a series of discussions at each convention featuring leading experts and thinkers to highlight how American leadership has the power to make a game-changing difference in the fight against preventable diseases and extreme poverty." Get the drift? (Indeed, former Senate leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who co-chair the ONE Campaign's presidential outreach effort, will each go to his respective party's convention to wave the ONE flag and participate in "educational activities.")

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The Democrats voted for the War , dumb people seem to not acknowledge this .

Posted by: The Kooky catholic | August 14, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | August 13, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Too bad I'll be missing all that great "partying" ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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