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Swift Boat Money Man Raising $ for Romney

Bob Perry, a Texas homebuilder and one of the primary funders of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, has signed on to raise money for the presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.).

An invite to a Dallas fundraiser for Romney on March 26 includes Perry's name as a member of the governor's "Texas Leadership Team."

Perry's decision to side with Romney is meaningful on several different levels.

First, it likely means a significant financial windfall for Romney's campaign, as Perry carries one of the biggest financial sticks in a state full of them. Perry was the single largest political donor in Texas in 2006, giving $380,000 to Gov. Rick Perry's (R) reelection campaign alone (the Perrys are not related). While Bob Perry will not be able to write Romney any more than a $2,300 check, his willingness to fund third-party groups could play a key role as the campaign heats up.

Second, the Romney team is likely to paint Perry's decision as a slap in the face to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Back in 2005, Perry cut a $4,200 check to McCain's Senate reelection committee, which was subsequently transferred to McCain's presidential exploratory committee. Now, it's important to remember that McCain never claimed Perry as a formal backer for his presidential campaign, and the two would seem an unlikely pair given McCain's advocacy for legislation that would severely curtail the political activities of 527 groups like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Third is the symbolism of Romney linking himself to Perry. No single person is more closely identified with the Swift Boat Veterans and their controversial campaign to discredit John Kerry than Perry. While most Democrats decried the actions of the group as the lowest form of negative politics, many on the Republican side credit it with fundamentally altering the public perception of Kerry -- a transformation some say led directly to President Bush's reelection in 2004.

A few other interesting tidbits from the invite:

* Romney has created a stratified bundling system based on the "Rangers" and "Pioneers" model employed by Bush in 2000 and 2004. To be a "Founder," an individual must raise $250,000 for the campaign; a "Statesman" is charged with collecting $100,000, and a "Patriot" $50,000.

* The event, which will be held at the Crescent Club in Dallas, looks to be a huge haul for Romney. The invite includes 41 names as part of the host committee. It's a two-tiered fundraiser, with a luncheon ($1,000 contribution per person) as well as a photo op ($2,300 per person).

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You bitter MA guys are working your selves up about politics you don't understand. Changing subjects.
Romney is a business man overall, also intelligent, and also a smooth speaker. With money to boot, I predict he'll become popular enough to severly threaten the other hopefuls. Then I predict the other candidates and the media will throw crazy predudice at him for his religion and his campain will fizzle. I guessing that hating peaceful religions and those who belong to them is still ok in America.

Posted by: John for Mitt | April 5, 2007 4:41 AM | Report abuse

So PERRY is the lying scumbag who cast dishonor upon every soldier that ever served and won a medal lied about Kerry's honorable service for political purposes so a dead-beat draft dodger could get elected?

Typical. A republican real estate developer is also a scum bad. Who would have thought?

Posted by: Oh Really? | March 19, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This site is pure lunacy. Talk about -somewhere way out there- neither left nor right wing conspiracies. You people are just plain nuts. I always wondered where wackos go when they lose their ability to think for themselves. It is obvious they go this blog and rant, rant, rant.

Posted by: CMORETHANU | March 19, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

billclintoon: "I love watching replays of the liar JohnFKerry getting exposed and sinking by the Swiftboat dudes."

Yep, Kerry will soon be just dimly remembered as a losing presidential candidate.

Bush, OTOH, will long be remembered as one of the very worst presidents this great country has ever had to endure. Bush will be be reviled for hundreds of years. Kerry will be a trivia answer.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | March 19, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Interesting also that each of the legislators you quote has an (R) after his name... you may be citing what, 1/4 to 1/3 of the GOP House members in Massachusetts? And Rep. Webster suggests that "we tax business more than most other states." Isn't Massachusetts now something like 32nd or 33rd as far as tax rates go? The state needs revenue, just as taxpayers need health care. Folks inside 128 do not need another Lexus.

Posted by: Romney pizdetz | March 19, 2007 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Cam, but without the tax, where does the money come from for those too poor to buy coverage on their own?

Note to all others who read this - the law only mandates that people buy health insurance. It does NOT impose a cap on prices - Romney of course would rather let the almighty market, in its gluttonous wisdom, decide how much of your money goes to the private companies. They "negotiated" rates with the insurance companies, but there's nothing to stop the companies from raising them.

Posted by: ex-governor Romney na hui | March 19, 2007 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I love watching replays of the liar JohnFKerry getting exposed and sinking by the Swiftboat dudes.

Posted by: billclintoon | March 19, 2007 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Hi there - i am trying to get in touch with Chet Rhodes with regard to multi-media. Please could someone perhaps mail me:

Thank you kindly!

Posted by: Carly Ritz (South Africa) | March 19, 2007 4:20 AM | Report abuse

Not at all, he vetoed it because he didn't think it would bring in a significant amount of money anyway and felt it would unfairly penalize new and growing businesess.

Rep. Perry (R-Sandwich): We're losing people. And if we're going to straddle people with a new tax and discourage people from coming here to do business, it's not going to get better. ... We should take the next step without imposing a new tax.

Rep. Webster (R-Hanson): ... Many people suggest we lost the Taxachusetts tag. I certainly have not seen that. We tax any business more than most other states and we need to put a stop to that. We have the highest unemployment tax rate. ... Government can not and should not be all things to all people. ... Let's stand up here today and let's do the right thing ... The more jobs we create the more revenue we raise, and the more revenue we raise the more we can support those we represent.

Rep. deMacedo (R-Plymouth): This assessment for $45 million is so small that the need to do this is not imperative....This assessment will have a chilling effect on job growth in the Commonwealth.

He was never for same-sex marriage. He's always been for guns for self-defense and responsible recreation. He said in '02 he would be seen as neigher "pro-choice" nor "pro-life".

Posted by: Cam | March 18, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

And the "business tax" you mention was only levied on companies who refused to provide health insurance for their employees in the first place... Romney's refusal to support it shows where his real sympathies lie. (hint - NOT with the employees...)
And compare his statements about abortion rights, same sex marriage, and the NRA in the Senate campaign (1994?) and his campaign for governor in 2002 with his recent about-faces. It's extremely difficult to guess when if ever he is being sincere.

Posted by: Romney mudak, blya | March 18, 2007 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Romney is a fraud, and you have drunk his kool-aid. As a Massachusetts voter, I can tell you for certain that he cares about the average person only as far as it will benefit him politically. I stand by the $13 bill remark, and would ask you to explain why I should trust him as a leader, when he
1. claimed to have balanced the budget without raising taxes even as he jacked up fees, which disproportionately hit lower and middle class residents,
2. spent a good 2/3 of his last year as governor of Massachusetts OUTSIDE the state, mocking it to conservative audiences, and
3. after running as a socially moderate, fiscally conservative candidate, turned on a dime to become the state's moralizer-in-chief, a la Swaggart or Pat Robertson... in case you haven't guessed, the 2nd two comparisons alone, even without the other items I have listed, are deal-breakers for me and for a great many other voters who would prefer to make these decisions for themselves.

Posted by: Romney's a putz | March 18, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Quit staring at those 13 dollar bills in your wallet, it's making you crazy.

Romney wrote the health care legislation with the help of several conservative foundations. He did not veto it, he line item vetoed a business tax of $300 per employee which the legislature inserted and then overturned the line item veto.

No matter how you paint it, it was still his bill.

Posted by: Remington Steele | March 18, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Bad Ideas Still Pushed: I have no idea what Russert is doing on that show. A few weeks ago, Liddy Dole made a fool of herself and today we have Pearle and DeLay. I will give him DeLay, pushing his book, but Pearle, no way. That was a definate win for the dems, and the AG appears to be toast very shortly.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 18, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

TheLastStraw: I have said earlier these polls now mean very little and we will use them to our advantage. You are using the Zogby, one that is usually pro repub, usually meaning around 60% favorable. I have seen others that show Hillary with a very good lead to win the primary, and with all these states moving to early Feb., do not be suprised if it will be over, and we will wait for the fat lady to sing. I'm still pretty sure Hillary will be the next POTUS. I hope she does not apologize for the war vote for it would show weakness, and weakness is not Hillary.

Posted by: lylepink | March 18, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I, Tim Kalemkarian, hereby announce that I am ending my candidacy for the presidency, the senate, and the house of representatives. I would like to thank all those who have supported my efforts, but have decided that I am better served by a quiet retirement. I hope that you will join me in supporting my friend and colleague Anonymous for these positions. He is truly the best major candidate.

Posted by: Tim Kalemkarian | March 18, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

It puts the lotion in the pan, or else it gets the hose again!

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 18, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Meet The Press where Richard Perle accused a combat veteran Congressman (a retired Admiral) of "cutting and running" for advocating pulling back from Iraq to other sites in the Middle East. (after his "cut and run" remark, Perle tried to quibble about troops going to Oman vs. Afghanistan where the Congressman said they should be)

Then saw Tom DeLay still categorize anybody who didn't support the Administration as unpatriotic. The Congressman pointed to Republican legislation when DeLay was Majority Leader which called for cutting funding and pulling troops out of Bosnia and Kosovo. DeLay ignored that and still called anybody who did support an active war, "Unpatriotic."

Why does Russert have such inept and morally deficient people on the show?

Perle added zero value to the discussion ("I choose not to discuss" a series of facts presented which showed how this Admininistration has gotten so many troops killed and injured and wasted so much national treasure). DeLay should be in prison not on legitimate national talk shows.

I think that the Cindy Sheehan fringe are bozos; but more and more I have to agree with them that there are War Criminals who will never be called to account for their hubris in the 4+ years of this War.

Russert, today's show was a disgrace.

Posted by: Bad Ideas Still Pushed | March 18, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of children eat in school cafeterias that don't get the twice-yearly health inspections required by Congress to help prevent food poisoning.

Schools are supposed to get two visits from health inspectors every year. But one in 10 schools didn't get inspected at all last year, according to Agriculture Department data obtained by The Associated Press. Thirty percent were visited only once.

"Do you want to go to a restaurant that hasn't been inspected?" asked Ken Kelly, attorney for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group that has studied cafeteria safety.

Fewer inspections don't necessarily translate into more cases of food poisoning -- "but it contributes to all the other little things -- temperatures, rat droppings -- to all those things that could make your child sick," Kelly said.

Inspections are meant to ensure cafeteria workers wash their hands properly and that they keep lunchtime staples like pizza hot or milk cold to prevent germs from growing.

Common violations in cafeterias involve wrong temperatures -- failing to keep hot food hot enough or cold food cold enough -- or things like having an open Dumpster outside the cafeteria.

Kelly's group issued a report in January that found:

Rhode Island schools were commonly cited for cross-contamination of utensils, improper holding temperatures and the presence of vermin;
Washington, D.C., schools had hot and cold holding equipment that needed repair; and
Schools in Hartford, Connecticut, have been cited for having dirty floors that needed repair and inadequate handwashing stations and sanitation.
Recent outbreaks of food poisoning in kid favorites like peanut butter -- and not-so-favorite spinach -- have renewed the focus on safety.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 18, 2007 12:36 AM | Report abuse

"Headline prediction for Nov 8:
'Dems gain 11 seats, Repubs hold house
Liberal lawyers heading to courthouses, leftists bloggers revealed for poltroons, inaccurate predictions questioned - media bias? Pelosi to be demoted, exit polls cite lack of focus or ideas from Dems, Republican turnout surprisingly strong.
Posted by: kingofzouk | October 11, 2006 03:20 PM"

*That may be the funniest thing I have ever read on this blog.*

That maybe be the funniest thing you read on any blog. I've been online for years and this guy is the biggest tool and clown I've ever encountered.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 18, 2007 12:30 AM | Report abuse

"Headline prediction for Nov 8:
Dems gain 11 seats, Repubs hold house
Liberal lawyers heading to courthouses, leftists bloggers revealed for poltroons, inaccurate predictions questioned - media bias? Pelosi to be demoted, exit polls cite lack of focus or ideas from Dems, Republican turnout surprisingly strong.
Posted by: kingofzouk | October 11, 2006 03:20 PM"

"That was for 2008 and it still stands.

but seriously - GET A LIFE! how long did you spend looking for that - what a loser you are.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 04:08 PM "

I'm not sure I understand why that would be the headline on November 8th of 2008. The election in 2008 is going to be November 4th. Furthermore, when we have the House, how can Democrats pick up 11 seats and have the Republicans still hold the House. Also, please tell me which 11 seats I should be watching as sure Democratic pick ups. I do agree that Pelosi should definitely be demoted if the Democrats pick up 11, how could she let that happen?!?!?

Posted by: TheLastStraw | March 17, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

9/11 "Confession": How Real?
"KSM" is clearly a bad, bad dude. A murderer. Worse: a serial killer. But was he personally responsible for everything from "attempting to destroy an American oil company in Sumatra owned by...Henry Kissinger" to to "launching a Russian surface-to-air missile at an El Al airliner leaving Mombasa" to masterminding "an assassination attempt on President Clinton in the Philippines in 1994 or 1995?" Sorry, that feels just a little too pat, a little too tidy.

Posted by: joe | March 17, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"Headline prediction for Nov 8:
Dems gain 11 seats, Repubs hold house
Liberal lawyers heading to courthouses, leftists bloggers revealed for poltroons, inaccurate predictions questioned - media bias? Pelosi to be demoted, exit polls cite lack of focus or ideas from Dems, Republican turnout surprisingly strong.
Posted by: kingofzouk | October 11, 2006 03:20 PM"

That may be the funniest thing I have ever read on this blog.

Posted by: Ohio guy | March 17, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

'Revelations that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed planned assassination plots against former Presidents Carter and Clinton -- especially Carter -- are causing great confusion among right-wing Civilization Warriors. After all, as John Hinderaker previously pointed out: "Jimmy Carter isn't just misguided or ill-informed. He's on the other side."

Michelle Malkin's Hot Air expressed this confusion: "[Mohammed] confessed to 29 plots in all, including the Richard Reid shoebomb plot and planned assassinations of the pope and . . . Jimmy Carter?" These extremists come to believe their twisted rhetoric that Democrats are on the side of Al Qaeda and so they literally can't understand why Mohammed would want to assassinate his own allies like President Carter.

But commenters at Little Green Footballs have not only expressed surprise, but outright support, for Mohammed's assassination plot against a former U.S. President. They are out in droves expressing sorrow that Al Qaeda did not have the opportunity to carry out its plot.'

Posted by: the gop is sick sick sick | March 17, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

'While a contingent of police in riot gear was smashing glass doors and equipment and firing tear gas shells inside the offices of a private TV channel, Geo News, in Islamabad on Friday afternoon, the country's media minister was watching helplessly a few yards away.

Staff at Geo TV inspect the damage done by the police

Eye-witnesses said the minister, Mohammed Ali Durrani, arrived just after the police and tried to intervene - but they wouldn't listen to him.

Later in the evening Mr Durrani faced the cameras, accepting his impotence and said that all he could do was to offer an apology.

This was followed by more apologies and stronger condemnations from sitting and former parliamentarians.'

Posted by: democracy in our ally pakistan | March 17, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

lylepink -

There was a very interesting Zogby poll released yesterday which was asking who people would never vote for. 42% of all women have said they would never vote for Hillary. For Obama and Edwards only 30% of women said they would never vote for them.

Posted by: TheLastStraw | March 17, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the Anti-War Protest at the Pentagon on C-Span. Larry Holmes, the first speaker I saw, took only 30 seconds to go far beyond the War to other Leftist causes. [Even though this Larry isn't the ex-Heavyweight boxing champion, it sounds as if he's taken too many shots to the head.]

The second speaker, introduced by somebody wearing a Yassir Arafat scarf, was better, she took about a minute before she went off on a rant about the Military-Industrial complex demanding that "the Regime be Impeached!"

David Obey was right last week!

Posted by: A Good Idea Hijacked | March 17, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

While a contingent of police in riot gear was smashing glass doors and equipment and firing tear gas shells inside the offices of a private TV channel, Geo News, in Islamabad on Friday afternoon, the country's media minister was watching helplessly a few yards away.

Staff at Geo TV inspect the damage done by the police

Eye-witnesses said the minister, Mohammed Ali Durrani, arrived just after the police and tried to intervene - but they wouldn't listen to him.

Later in the evening Mr Durrani faced the cameras, accepting his impotence and said that all he could do was to offer an apology.

This was followed by more apologies and stronger condemnations from sitting and former parliamentarians.

Posted by: jolie | March 17, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

That's hardly a foil.

Posted by: foiled? | March 17, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint a conservative group filed against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over his use of campaign money to pay holiday bonuses at the hotel where he lives.

FEC staff concluded that partly because of the small dollar amount involved -- $3,300 -- the complaint did not merit pursuing, according to a report by commission staff released Friday by Reid's office. Based on that report the commission voted Feb. 21 to dismiss the complaint, which was filed by Citizens United, a conservative activist group.

Reid, D-Nev., reimbursed the money to his campaign committee after The Associated Press reported on the matter last October.

He had argued that the payments to the doorman and other support staff at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, where he has a condo, were approved by lawyers and permissible as a gift of nominal value on a special occasion, something he said was permitted under federal election law.

Posted by: foiled again gop!!! | March 17, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It puts the lotion in the pan, or else it gets the hose again!

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 17, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Kyle Sampson may have resigned as Alberto Gonzales' chief of staff, but he's showing signs of not being willing to be scapegoated for the entire U.S. Attorney scandal.

As Paul notes, Sampson's lawyer, former Bush Administration official Bradford Berenson, released a statement late Friday that includes this rat-jumping-ship gem:

'The fact that the White House and Justice Department had been discussing this subject for several years was well-known to a number of other senior officials at the Department, including others who were involved in preparing the Department's testimony to Congress.'

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Also on the front page of the New York Times is a worthwhile feature on the increasingly intertwined economies of Iran and Iraq--which can't be great news for an administration that's trying its darndest to reduce Iranian influence. There's no shortage of irony here: Trade between Iraq and Iran was closely regulated under Saddam Hussein, but has "exploded since the American-led invasion of 2003," so that now, despite the Bush administration's best efforts, the countries are "becoming closely integrated, with Iranian goods flooding Iraqi markets and Iraqi cities looking to Iran for basic services."'

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2007 9:10 AM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | March 16, 2007 11:21 PM | Report abuse

my hernia is acting up, and I blame Libs. After all, they are responsible for everything else that is stupid and painful in life, I figure, this too, right? The damnedest thing, though - I just got a new shipment of Levitra in the mail, and was hoping to go to the royal bedchamber early with the queenofzouk. Unfortunately, it ain't gonna happen, but I hate to disappoint the missus. William, are you free tonight?

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Romney's a part of 9/11 families "Swift Boat" attack on Rudy Giuliani:

Posted by: William | March 16, 2007 7:30 PM | Report abuse

'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State'

yes, a well-regulated militia, funny how the wingers like to ignore the 'well-regulated' part... only evrything that comes after the comma counts.

zouky is a troll, plain and simple, keeps your mind off of intelligent discussion to propagate his rightwing propaganda...

Posted by: Anonymous | March 16, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Zouk: Please don't make light of this.

I'm hoping to give you a chance to meet the wackos from our side of the spectrum like Cynthia McKinney (don't you just miss her, she was so charming), Leonard Weinglass and all of those others who know how to hijack a protest and divert it from its basic purpose.

The War will seem like the least of your worries by the time they are through.

Viva La Raza!


Posted by: Cindy S. | March 16, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

pitman: I served before Nam and am glad to see someone speak out about these "chicken hawks" that knows what they are talking about. A lot of guys I grew up with were killed and wonded there and this thing now at the WRAMC is just sickening. I spent a little time in a VA Hospital and the treatment was great except for the Doctors knowing less than the nurses. Heads must roll.

Posted by: lylepink | March 16, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris,

I heard your fellow journalist for the WP, Alec MacGillis, is going to come up with a new story that goes something like this:

"Mormon Iowans: A Force for Romney"

I also heard that while he was given contacts for both LDS and non-LDS grassroots Romney supporters there in Iowa by an interviewee, he chose to contact only the LDS ones, and apparently even googled three other LDS Iowans (BYU grads) and contacted them as well.

I'm sure this wouldn't be another attempt to create a 'Mormon conspiracy' myth, would it?

Posted by: Cameron Phillips | March 16, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Brazen even.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Anemic job growth in taxachussetts?? - quick call in Closeau to solve the mystery.

didn't we cover this last week. Hey I scooped the times. too bad because you have to lose all sorts of money over there to get your bonus. that is how it works in Lib economies. air america goes broke while paying a non-performer millions. same as the Times. Maybe if they tried printing facts instead of tired opinion disguised as "news".

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Your 2008 prediction is that the Republicans will hold the house? And it still stands? Bold.

Posted by: Blarg | March 16, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Also, as everyone knows by now, Romney's positions on social issues are for sale to the most conservative voting bloc. Phony, phony, phony.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 16, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Romney's great "accomplishment" in MA (health care reform) was passed over his veto by the Democratic Legislature, and now he is taking credit for it.

He's about as legitimate as a thirteen-dollar bill.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 16, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

As an independent and Vietnam veteran, I find it a bit curious about these particular Vietnam veterans "Not so Swift" Boaters so concerned about patriotic Democrats when one of the biggest cowards in Americans history crawls right up their asses and they seem to enjoy it!! That of course is Republican right winger and buddy of the president Ted Nugent. Nugent is a has been rocker, American traitor, spineless, gutless and seems to enjoy urinating and defecating in his jockeys when he gets afraid. He admitted in the Detroit Free Press (July 15, 1990) to urinating and defecating in his jockeys for an entire week before reporting for his draft board physical during the Vietnam War. Now he earns as much as $25,000 a night preaching about freedom of speech and patriotism. Your safe now Turd Nugget it's OK to come out from under your Mama's skirt the bullets have stoped flying. This Vietnam veteran says "Birds of a Feather". How about that "Swift Boaters" whose ass ya gonna kiss next Jane Fonda??

Posted by: pitman | March 16, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

That was for 2008 and it still stands.

but seriously - GET A LIFE! how long did you spend looking for that - what a loser you are.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. "from today's NY Times", you picked out a few points and gave it a negative spin. The article provided a very balanced look at Romney and his challenges in MA, something you left out.

Posted by: a response | March 16, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Headline prediction for Nov 8:
Dems gain 11 seats, Repubs hold house
Liberal lawyers heading to courthouses, leftists bloggers revealed for poltroons, inaccurate predictions questioned - media bias? Pelosi to be demoted, exit polls cite lack of focus or ideas from Dems, Republican turnout surprisingly strong.
Posted by: kingofzouk | October 11, 2006 03:20 PM

Posted by: Ah, yes, here it is | March 16, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

For uncensored news please bookmark:

War, Neoliberalism and Empire in the 21st Century
Noam Chomsky Connects the Dots


Sameer Dossani: Let's talk about the recently passed Iraqi oil law. It's well known that the law was drafted in the U.S. and then consulted on by very few Iraqis all loyal to Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki, then finally pushed through the Iraqi parliament. This law paves the way for regionalization and privatization of Iraqi oil. What's the U.S. economic agenda in Iraq and will it be able to carry that agenda out, given the disastrous nature of the occupation so far?

Noam Chomsky: It's not very clear. What you said is correct. The law was not even seen by the Iraqi Parliament until it was finished, so it's an inside job. Exactly what this entails is still kind of open. It allows for Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) which have traditionally been a way of gouging the producer and ensuring that foreign corporations have control and make huge profits. It's quite different from other contractual arrangements in the region--it's what they used to have but they've since nationalized their oil production and countries set terms more in their own interest with the corporations that are moving in. This law is vague on that so it leaves it open.

As far as the U.S. economic interests I think we have to make a distinction. The primary interest, and that's true throughout the Middle East, even in Saudi Arabia, the major energy producer, has always been control, not access, and not profit. Profit is a secondary interest and access is a tertiary interest.

So in the years when the U.S. was not using Middle East oil at all, [the U.S.] was the largest producer and the largest exporter, it still had the same policies. It wanted to control the sources of oil and the reasons are understood. In the mid-1940s, the State Department made it clear that the oil resources of the region, primarily then Saudi Arabia, were a stupendous source of strategic power which made the Middle East the most strategically important area of the world. They also added that its one of the greatest material prizes in world history. But the basic point is that it's a source of strategic power, meaning that if you control the energy resources, then you can control the world, because the world needs the energy resources.

This was made explicit by George Kennan when he was one of the Middle East planners [in the U.S. State Department]. [He said that] control over Middle East oil will give us veto power over our rivals. He was specifically talking about Japan, in case Japan industrialized, it was devastated by the war still, we'll have veto power as long we control the oil. And that's been understood through the years. So in the early stages of the Iraq war [former U.S. National Security Advisor] Zbigniew Brzezinski, who's one of the more astute of the planners--he was not terribly enthusiastic about the war--said that if the U.S. wins the war, which means that it succeeds in imposing a client regime in Iraq, then the U.S. will have critical leverage over its industrial rivals in Europe and Asia because it will have its hand on the spigot.

And that is also understood very well at the highest level of the administration. So a few months ago, Dick Cheney said that control over [oil] pipelines can be "tools for intimidation and [blackmail]". He was talking about control over pipelines in the hands of others, so if our enemies have it, it's a tool of intimidation and coercion. But of course the same is true if it is in our hands. We're not supposed to think that because we're supposed to be noble, but the rest of the world certainly understands it. Yes, it's a tool of intimidation and coercion, whether it's the direction of pipelines or whether its control over the production or over the regimes in question, and control can take many forms.

So that's the primary concern--control. A secondary concern is undoubtedly profit for U.S.-based corporations and British based corporations and several others of course. And yes [in the case of the Iraqi oil law] that's a possibility. The Production Sharing Agreements and the other arrangements for long-term contracts at ridiculous rates, those are expected to be sources of immense profit as they have been in the past, so for example a couple of weeks ago Exxon-Mobil posted its profits for 2006 which are the highest for any corporation in U.S. history. That broke the record of the preceding year, which also happened to be Exxon-Mobil and the other energy corporations are doing just great--they have money pouring out of their ears. And the same with the corporations that link to them, like Haliburton, Bechtel and so on.

For the rest please go to:

Posted by: che | March 16, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts on Romney from the New York Times:

"When he talks about a turnaround, we really haven't had a turnaround," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that analyzes state economic policies. "We had a temporary fiscal respite. But we're trailing the nation in job growth. Our job growth has been anemic."

David G. Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute, which describes itself as a "free-market think tank" and is considered to be on the conservative end of the spectrum... said "I think that Romney probably inflated accomplishments. I think he got carried away with himself when he started talking about the surpluses that he was able to engineer."

Posted by: from today's NY Times | March 16, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh we have jwh and che talking to each other on the blog.

But I guess it stands to reason since they have so much in common. You two losers are the most repetitive unoriginal paranoid freaks on the whole website.

Or ..maybe che and jwh are the same person!?

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | March 16, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It puts the lotion in the pan, or else it gets the hose again!

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

If all my predictions were 100% accurate I would be at the horsetrack today. I admit I underestimated the medias' ability to distort the truth and the voters willingness to swallow prevarications. I am working to correct that.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Why you don't stand a chance in 2008. the truth will be told:"

6 months ago, weren't you saying that the Democrats were going to lose seats in both the House and Senate?

Posted by: Blarg | March 16, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Cindy s, Strange I haven't seen much of you since you turned on your feeders and protested Dems. your 15 minutes was up the minute you stopped going after bush. Just who do you think supported you all along?
PS - I used to go to protests in DC when I was younger too. It was a great place to meet gullible girls and catch a buzz. can't quite remember what exactly I was protesting. some things haven't changed in DC. bet they don't get over 100K. Pitiful really.

Oh I remember now - it was no nukes. good thing they never built any of those because my electric bill isn't high enough now. But in typical Lib style, I never bothered to think about the consequences. I was thinking with other body parts at the time. who would have thought that no nukes would have been shown to be soooo wrong. and what happened to global cooling and famine? Maybe the Y2K bug ate them.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Dear JWH,

We are living in a capitalist society, so the police state is a part of that society, "they" need the police state to control us, the FBI and CIA and the media do not work for "us", but for "them".

If you do not believe me please go on watching wrestling and Oprah. If you do believe me please bookmark:

For uncensored news please bookmark:


Posted by: che | March 16, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why you don't stand a chance in 2008. the truth will be told:

"Through robust policing, Giuliani drove overall crime down 56.1 percent, while chopping homicides 66.6 percent, from 1,946 in 1993 to 649 in 2001.

_ Following national trends, abortions on Giuliani's watch dropped 16.9 percent, while taxpayer-funded Medicaid abortions plunged 23 percent.

_ Gotham's foster-care population fell 38 percent as Giuliani helped loving families adopt 17,804 boys and girls.

_ By fighting fraud and finding work for legitimate beneficiaries, Giuliani cut welfare rolls 58 percent, starting two years before federal welfare reform. Giuliani renamed welfare offices "Job Centers."

_ Giuliani privatized 23,625 previously confiscated, city-owned dwellings, 78 percent of supply, benefiting family and individual homeowners and tenants.

_ Giuliani dumped Gotham's 20 percent set-aside and 10 percent overbid bonus for minority and female contractors. "The whole idea of quotas to me perpetuates discrimination," he explained. He initiated this on his 24th day in office, far exceeding any colorblindness legislation Congress even debated during the 12-year "Republican Revolution."

_ Giuliani's $10 million Charter School Improvement Fund helped 3,286 pupils in 17 new charter schools, up from $0 and zero campuses in 1997. He ended tenure for school principals, so slackers could be sacked. He also stopped social promotion; students needed to complete grade-level work to matriculate.

_ Ex-pornography mecca Times Square now welcomes families, tourists and locals for fully clothed musicals like "The Lion King" and "Mary Poppins."

Beyond these socially conservative victories, Giuliani governed as a Reaganesque supply-sider:

_ Giuliani scrapped three taxes and slashed 20 others, lowering Gotham's tax burden by 17 percent and saving individual and business taxpayers $9.8 billion.

_ While inflation averaged 3.9 percent, Giuliani's average spending grew 2.9 percent annually. If the departed GOP Congress were that fiscally disciplined, the next federal budget would be $2.275 trillion _ $625 billion cheaper than proposed.

_ While hiring 12 percent more cops and 12.8 percent more teachers, Giuliani sliced other positions 17.2 percent. Overall, the municipal head count fell 3.1 percent.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 16, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, JD. Looks like that may have gotten Che, Jrs. coming out of the woodwork.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 16, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Fellow Americans,
When voting for a president you should vote for someone that does not embrace FALCON ** it will turn America in a police state if it isnt already **, vote for someone that is not a member of or has ties with: Scull and Bones. -- Tri-lateral commission. -- Bilderberg group ** is renamed war and peace or something **. -- Any Secret Service. -- A military rank of officer.Not be pushed by this presidency !!! -- Have bloody hands from the 9-11 2001 cover up !! Interests in oil,weapons or real-estate/houses. The candidate should not have ties or dependencies with the financial world. This candidate should not accept large sums of
money from belligerent corporations and should not embrace the thoughts behind the program NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.
(This program brainwashes children not to learn facts but to become a good global citizen, i.e. government will tell you what is good for you (it actually replaces god or the natural laws), a very dangerous development). This so called SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT has been set up
to make zombies of the larger parts of the American population. Things like arithmetic of math are no longer necessary as long as you are a good global citizen and know to push which
button, that means phony education for you and your children. Examples of what is gonna happen with you and your families are right under your nose. Your
current president tramples your very American Constitution and the Amendments. He appoints a CIA director named Gates whom made up false intelligence to start a war and put your children
in harms way. This president is using you and your children as toys... and when he has done playing,your children might and up death. This behavior is also part of SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT. But be careful because today your government calls it SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT but tomorrow it might just have another name.. You should download this movie via Emule 9-11 Guilt {The Proof Is In Your Hands By Jim Hoffman Don Paul}[2005]Eng-Divx5.avi. AND FINALLY DONT LOOK AT THE APPEARANCE OF THE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE BUT FIGURE OUT WHO GAVE HIM THE MONEY TO GET THAT FAR !!!

Posted by: jwh | March 16, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Che, please re-post, your first one wasn't interesting enough.


Posted by: JD | March 16, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Zouk, Everybody who is anybody is going to be at the protest this weekend. We can't leave you out.

It'll be just like the old days, when you used to protest us protesting. Your little buddy William can come if he'd like. He actually may learn something.

I have your address. I'll stop by to pick you up. It's going to be chilly, so remember to bring your sweater.

You can take me to Rolling Thunder on Memorial Day. Oh, I forgot. You didn't serve your country, did you. Sorry.

Ta, Ta!


Posted by: Cindy S. | March 16, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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