No surprise from the DLC on Rove

The Moose urges the donkey not to obsess on Karl.
if the Democrats obsess on him and he is innocent of the charges, he could re-emerge even stronger. If he or another member of the Administration is indicted, however, it will be devastating and the Democrats will have little to do with it.

Yes... that was Wittman expressing a shadow of a doubt that Karl Rove could be in fact "INNOCENT" 

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Where is Edwards...?

Edwards had a southern fried hissy fit over Dean's FACTUAL comments that Republicans were white and Christian... why is he keeping quiet on Rove's Treason?

This goes for Hilliary, Biden and Clark and any Dem who is contemplating running for president in 2008... speak up now or forever hold your peace... i.e. keep your traps shut when honests Democrats are protecting this party and this nation.

There is a lot of talk about Democrats being soft on "Defense" and the main pillar of the 2008 platform will be strengthening security ... however the silence from our future candidates over Rove outing a CIA agent in a time of war is deafening...

Maybe, they should pretend Rove is Dean... to get them in the mood...

Democratic leaders back Dean, don't want 'wimp'

 After a meeting of the DNC's 40-member executive committee at a downtown hotel, members said Dean was doing exactly what they elected him to do -- build the party in all states and aggressively challenge Republicans.

"I hope Governor Dean will remember that he didn't get elected to be a wimp," said DNC member Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a South Carolina state representative. "We have been waiting a long time for someone to stand up for Democrats."

 'NUF SAID

How does it feel to be a big, rich contractor now?

Marines 'beat US workers' in Iraq

A group of American security guards in Iraq have alleged they were beaten, stripped and threatened with a snarling dog by US marines when they were detained after an alleged shooting incident outside Falluja last month.

"I never in my career have treated anybody so inhumane," one of the contractors, Rick Blanchard, a former Florida state trooper, wrote in an email quoted in the Los Angeles Times. "They treated us like insurgents, roughed us up, took photos, hazed [bullied] us, called us names."

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Mark Schopper, a lawyer for two of the contractors, told the newspaper that his clients, both former marines, were subjected to "physical and psychological abuse". He said they had told him that marines had "slammed around" several con tractors, stripped them to their underwear and placed a loaded weapon near their heads.

"How does it feel to be a big, rich contractor now?" one of the marines is alleged to have shouted at the men, in an apparent reference to the large sums of money private contractors can make in Iraq.

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They also complained they were made to wear orange prison uniforms and fed the same "bad food" as Iraqi prisoners.

According to Peter Singer, a Brookings Institute scholar and author of the book Corporate Warriors, private military contractors in Iraq are operating in a black hole as they do not fall within the military chain of command. "What appears to have happened here is tension between forces bubbling to the surface," he told the Guardian.

But he said the incident also raised the question of what happens to contractors if they are caught doing something wrong, such as firing on civilians, as their legal status is not defined. "If the marines think [the contractors] did do something illegal there is no process they can go through. Who are they going to hand them over to?" Mr Singer said. "There have been more than 20,000 [contractors] on the ground in Iraq for more than two years and not one has been prosecuted for anything."

The part I find "funny" is being fed the same "bad food" as Iraqi prisoners. These Marines must hate really Americans.

Is Simon Rosenberg trying to take over the DNC in 2006?

Strictly conjesture here...but

There has been a strange alignment happening in the Dem political arena both physically and in the blogosphere.

This sudden disapproval of Dean's performance... eventhough he has outraised every Chair in the history of the DNC(not counting that the Democratic party is in the worst position it has been in in over 60 years).

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Dean has raised more than any DNC Chair in history

It's a good start, but clearly the RNC has taken things to another level. Even when we break records, they are still way ahead--Chris

A quick look at actual FEC reports shows that Dean has raised more money in an off year than any DNC Chair in history.
First Quarter of 2005 - $16.7 million
Q1/2004 - $28.7 million
Q1/2003 - $8.7 million
Q1/2002 - $11.8

And Dean is on pace to break the midyear fundraising of $23.7 in the first six months of 2001.

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Why we must have 'Draft' and NOT 'Democracy Corp'

Charlie Rangel is reintroducing the Draft and I think it is a "good thing". The GOP/DLC have been driveling on about National Service-Skills Draft-Democracy Corp which I think is the absolute worse thing that could happen to this country.

These benign titles misunderestimate the destructive reprocussions of such plans. The truth of the matter is we would be militarizing a civilian population.

What's wrong with that?

Well, to militarize a population in the in a stagnant economy means only one thing "a state of permanent warfare". Just look at any African conflict in the past 60 years, most of their active warfare lasted over 20 years. Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a war for over 30 years. At the height of the famine in which thousands of Ethiopians starved to death, Ethiopia was still bombing Eritrea at a cost of one million dollars a day.

Why, didn't the people revolt... because the majority of the population was dependant on the military for their livelihood directly or indirectly. Their entire economies are fed by militarizarion. Solidiers were paid more when fighting than in reserves therefore, there was little economic incentive to stop this war.

The only winners of the "Skills Draft"/"Democracy Corp" will be the military industries who will have a militarized the US economy for years to come.

LET'S HAVE THE DRAFT make it as ugly and dirty as possible and get it over with as soon as possible.

Other wise we will have a situation where Jenna, Barbara and Chelsea end up in typing pools in Malibu and all the African American kids end up on the front line in Faluja.

This War Without End (WWE) reminds me of the Star Trek (original series) where a war lasted hundreds of years because the leadership had sterilised it so that people would be killed by going to their own death chambers. No blood, not guts all quite "peaceful" and clean.... but never ending

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France's Baby Boom

Okay... well the French are getting somethings right.

Unexpected Baby Boom

Interesting to note that in the shadow of the pope, Italy has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe. This obviousely means that Italians are heavy users of contraceptives and I can't imagine them all to abstain from sex. Most families opt for one outrageously spoiled well dressed  child, preferably a son. Also, Italy is in the forefont of reproductive research since so many woman put off having children til their late thirties early forties.

... France, with the second largest population in the EU, is engaged in what, by European standards, registers as a remarkable population boom. The nation leads in the number of newborns and has the second highest birthrate, after much smaller (and more Roman Catholic) Ireland. The results of France's 2004 Census are out--and fresh forecasts based on the numbers paint some 75 million people into the French landscape by midcentury, compared with 62.5 million today. That's at least 10 percent higher than the last round of forecasts, based on the 1999 Census. By contrast, Britain is stagnating, Germany is expected to lose 11 million people by midcentury and the number of I*talians may cascade from 57.5 million to a Poland-esque 43 million*. In fact, nearly all the EU's population growth in 2003 came from France--211,000 out of 216,000.

This article doesn't point it out and I am sure some of the more right-winged commentators will bring it up so I will pre-empt their rhetoric... YES! France does indeed have a large muslim population. However, as I recall that the birthrate is as high with the "white" French as with their Muslim french brethern. Whereas, in countries like Germany and Austria the birthrate is predominantly in the immigrant population.

France hasn't seen anything like it since the post-war baby boom. Coming against the backdrop of a projected "birth dearth" for the rest of Western Europe, the numbers represent nothing less than what Gilles de Robien, minister of Capital Works, describes as a "thunderbolt" against the prospect of France's historical decline. The country's neighbors should take note. After all, few European leaders are prepared to enthusiastically embrace the alternative, less-dynamic populations, and its corollaries--less-vibrant economies, more immigration and shrinking pensions and health care. Says Gerard-Francois Dumont, Sorbonne professor and editor in chief of Population & Future magazine: "Every time I am at a conference, people want to know what is going on in France."

'nuf said: policy and social supports If all the so-called pro-lifers really wanted to lower the abortion rate they need to take a more holistic approach. I have nothing but scorn for Democratic pro-lifers in Congress. While they pat each other on the back for eroding Roe v Wade and turn a blind eye to GOPers cutting the budgets of Education, overtimepay, pensions, WIC, healthcare for children, afterschool programmes and Headstart... like I said Roemer, Langevin and Casey can all go to hell.

And what is going on? Like Italians, the French live in a family-friendly society. So why a French baby boom and an Italian bust? The difference apparently comes from policy and social supports that lessen pressure on would-be parents. Those who work fewer hours, have more job security, free day care and medical coverage are less likely to feel anguish over their children's basic needs. And more than most European countries, France offers all that, not to mention generous parental leave. Compared with elsewhere, says Dumont, France "allows families to better reconcile their professional and private lives." It's no coincidence, he adds, that countries with the fewest familial supports, like Italy and Spain, also have the lowest birthrates.

Kinda obvious... if you look.

Such choices are common in many parts of Europe. Surveys indicate, for example, that many German women feel guilty if they work while bringing up their children. The result: German women are nearly three times more likely than French women to have no kids. "It isn't about a tax break here and some money there. It is about covering a whole range of life--from the workplace to holidays to the home," .

Putting Prevention First Act

Why isn't this getting more attention???

Reid Introduces Putting Prevention First Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Working to address the health needs of American women, reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases and improve family planning programs, Senator Harry Reid introduced the Putting Prevention First Act today.

"One of the most heated debates of recent years has been on the issue of abortion," Senator Reid said. "People on both sides of the issue feel strongly. They have argued, demonstrated and protested with much emotion and passion. The issue isn't going to go away soon, and I doubt that one side will be able to suddenly convince the other to drop its deeply held beliefs."

"But there is a need - and an opportunity - for us to find common ground. We can find not only common ground, but also common sense, in the "Putting Prevention First" legislation that I am introducing today," Reid added.

The "Putting Prevention First Act" is a comprehensive family planning initiative that seeks to expand access to preventive health care services and education programs that help reduce unintended pregnancy, infection with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and the need for abortion. The act, which has both Democratic and Republican cosponsors, consists of seven titles parts including Reid's legislation to require insurance plans to cover prescription contraceptives.

Reid has been working for years to pass his prescription legislation known as EPICC, The Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act.

"Because many women can't afford the prescription contraceptive they would like to use, many go without it. Far too often, this results in unintended pregnancies," said Reid. "Making contraception more affordable and more available will mean less unintended pregnancies and resulting abortions. We are not asking for special treatment of contraceptives - only equitable treatment within the context of an existing prescription drug benefit."

Additionally, the act would improve awareness and understanding of emergency contraception, ensure that rape victims have information about emergency contraception, and access to it, increase funding for the national family planning program, provide funding to allow states to implement a comprehensive approach to sexuality education in the schools that includes information about both abstinence and contraception, expand teen pregnancy prevention programs and allow states to expand Medicaid family planning services to low-income women without having to apply for a waiver from the federal government.

The legislation has bipartisan support. Cosponsors include Senators Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Corzine (D-NJ), and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Summary

"Putting Prevention First Act"

Title I: Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage

Requires private health plans to cover FDA-approved prescription contraceptives and related medical services to the same extent that they cover prescription drugs and other outpatient medical services. The provision seeks to establish parity for prescription contraception within the context of coverage already provided by health plans.

Title II: Family Planning State Empowerment

Allows states to expand Medicaid family planning services to women with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, without having to apply to the federal government for a waiver. The provision would give states the option to expand services; states would not be required to do so. Currently 18 states have been granted Medicaid family planning waivers.

Title III: Title X of the Public Health Service Act

Increases the authorization for the national family planning program (Title X of the Public Health Service Act) to $643,000,000 for FY 2005 and such sums as necessary in subsequent years. Title X was funded at $278 million for FY 2004. Title X clinic services prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the number of abortions, lower rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, and detect breast and cervical cancer at its earliest stages. The Title X statute prohibits the use of program funds to pay for abortions.

Title IV: Emergency Contraception Education and Information

Provides $10 million to implement important public education initiatives about emergency contraception (EC) and its benefits and uses to both women and medical providers.

Title V: Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies

Requires that hospitals receiving federal funds promptly provide EC upon patient request, in addition to medically, factually accurate and unbiased written and oral information about EC to women who survive sexual assault.

Title VI: Family Life Education

Provides $100 million in annual funding to states to support comprehensive sex education that includes information about both abstinence and contraception.

Title VII: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention

Provides $20 million in annual funding for competitive grants to public and private entities to establish or expand teen pregnancy prevention programs.

OKAY... NOW IT IS CLEAR WHY NARAL IS BACKING CHAFFEE ... HE IS THE ONLY REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL

UPDATE Do Casey and Langevin pass the 'Pro-life' litmus test...?

Update [2005-5-27 16:34:18 by Parker]: This is what happened to Servicewomen's rights TODAY!!!
The Senate may have reached a compromise to disarm the nuclear option, but don’t think that means this anti-choice Congress is willing to compromise its far-right agenda. On May 25, House Republican leaders refused to allow debate or votes on two amendments that would have provided compassionate health care to military women who’ve been raped. On the same day, the House defeated an amendment to repeal a ban that forbids servicewomen and female military dependents from using their own money to pay for an abortion at overseas military hospitals.
Casey and Langevin can go to hell...

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. I think the majority agree with this litmus test for accomodating more pro-lifers:

So if a politician says I am pro-life and Democrat, lets hear them out. The Republicans will snicker and respond, no you aren't. And if the politician responds by saying yes I am, I do not like to see abortions, but will not legislate or have the government intruding into this private decision between a woman, her family, and her doctor. That's a politician that belongs in the Democratic Party. And boom, this is a politician that's going to put the Republicans on the defensive.

It also it pretty much agreed upon that pro-choicers are willing to work with these pro-lifers in proactively reducing abortion not by eroding rights but by reinforcing education and contraception and early childcare.

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