Monday, September 08, 2008

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, has agreed to her first interview since last month, with ABC News anchor Charles Gibson later this week, the network and Sen. John McCain's campaign said yesterday.

The above is from Anne E. Kornblut's "Palin to Give Interview to ABC This Week" (Washington Post) and Lloyd e-mailed to note that and wants it paired with this from Ava and my "TV: More sexism, more self-promotion:"

Let's go to what else Pravda on the Hudson did with regards to Palin speech, an attempted 'fact check'. (Goody provided no fact check for Barack and wisely chose not to air his comments on "universal health care" because even her devoted audience isn't so stupid to swallow that garbage.) First up, Goody repeatedly mispronounced Palin's last name throughout the Thursday broadcast (the day after Palin spoke -- when any journalist should have known how to pronounce her not so difficult last name). Goody brought on Pacifica wanna be/reject Shannyn Moore for the alleged fact check which only reminded us that when Goody goes north, facts fly out the window.
Moore got in this unsubstantiated smear, "Certainly, I can tell you that in small-town Alaska, rumors abound. And this isn't any other case from that. And I know people in the media in Alaska who have known of Bristol Palin's pregnancy for, you know, over a month and didn't bring it into the press, because they didn't think it was any of their business. And certainly there have been rumors abounding regarding Trig and his--whether it was a decision or avoidance of some sort of 'how to get out of trouble' card. You know, I don't have anything to verify that, but that's certainly the small-town rumor that's gone about." 'Trig' Palin, the governor's son, who has signed up for military service, certainly doesn't deserve to be smeared by Moore or anyone else. If Moore thinks she has information, she might try producing it. Smearing someone who's joined the military with rumors? Not classy and not journalism. And it may remind some of how, when Barack was exposed by AP as having had his campaign tell Canada not to take his words on NAFTA seriously, The Nation's John Nichols showed up (from Canada!) to tell Goody that he was on the hot trail of a big scoop about how it was Hillary who was really talking to Canada. The big scoop went poop because there was never anything there. But when Goody goes north, she loves to air false rumors and try to pass it off as 'reporting' and 'fact.'
For the record, Trig Palin? A newborn infant (born this year). For the record, Track Palin is the son who is in the military. A huge mistake and one an 'expert' on the topic shouldn't make; however, for the record, Moore isn't a journalist, she's Alaska's version of Randi Rhodes -- and don't we all know how that story ends?

Lloyd offers that not only should the uninformed Moore be embarrassed but so should "Amy Goodman who brought her on as a guest and didn't even realize which child was Trig and which was Track but can you keep the facts straight when you're so busy promoting yourself? Amy proves you can't. " That's Pravda on the Hudson for you, no fact need interfere with Goody's efforts to provide propaganda. Today she offers "Highlights of the Democratic convention" and it's cute how that garbage is edited to make Barack a hero especially with regards to Iraq Veterans Against the War. You see IVAW members ecstatic. But that's not reality. Here's IVAW summarizing at their own site:

When they arrived at the DNC, representatives of IVAW asked to meet with Barack Obama to present their message. After negotiations, the Former Texas Lt Governor Ben Barnes came out of the convention to accept a letter from the IVAW members. Jeff Key, a former Marine said the IVAW members intended to stay in place until a representative from Obama's campaign came out to talk with them.
"I'm a patient man. I'm not going anywhere,'' Key said.
Key, a former Marine from Salt Lake City, and Liam Madden, a former marine from Boston, were then escorted into the convention where they met with Phil Carter, head of veterans affairs for the Obama campaign. IVAW is now waiting for a formal response to their request address the delegates from the podium.

That request -- something Goody leaves out in her 'highlights' -- never came to fruition. It was never going to. The press was taking interest in IVAW's protest and asking the Obama campaign about it. They sent out a rep to stop the protest with some empty promises (lies) and IVAW stopped their protest. They never made it to the podium, they never got anything from Team Obama. But you'll never know that to catch the propaganda Goody offers this morning and, really, isn't that the point?

Qassim Abdul-Zahra (AP) reports that the Iraqi Parliament resumes sessions this week and that they hope to address both the issue of provincial elections and the treaties with the US but that provincial elections have been discussed while the the Parliament was on break and trial ballons floated were not embraced ("But weeks of private meetings and contacts among Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish lawmakers have failed to produce any breakthrough on the issue, and it was unclear whether the bill would win speedy approval.").

Over the weekend two presidential candidates spoke at the Fighting Bob Fest gathering in Wisconsin. From Matthew Ryno's "Nader, Donahue bring star power to Fighting Bob Fest" (Baraboo News Republic):

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader gave a biting speech to kick off the morning's events. He targeted what he called, "least, worst" voters, or voters who he says cannot tolerate another four years of a Republican as president.
"The question is whether or not we get a Republican in disguise," Nader said, referring to Democrat Barack Obama.
"We're seeing similar parties." Nader said. "Measure the Democratic control of Congress and ask how much of Bush's legislature have they rolled back? Have they even tried to impeach?"
To the cheers of the audience, he praised Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold for introducing legislature to censure President Bush, and called Bush the "most impeachable president in American history."
Nader said President Harry Truman first laid down an example for affordable health care, and European nations achieved health care, labor and trade reforms shortly after World War II because of strong political lobbying.
"The two parties, for 63 years, have yet to get that done. How many more votes are we going to give them?" Nader said.
Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney spoke next. She called herself a "black woman who dares to dissent in a world that does not allow it."

Michelle L. Quinn offers "Nader knocks outsourcing during campaign stop" (Gary Post Tribune):

Nader, who with his vice presidential candidate, Matt Gonzalez, stopped at the Cracker Barrel to talk exclusively with the Post-Tribune, pointed to the article before he even sat down.
The two stopped in Indiana, then backpedaled to Lansing, Ill., as part of their weekend tour of the Midwest.
The article, which discussed leasing public assets, chills him to the core every time.
"This 75-to-99-year leasing turns colonialism on its head and is very bad for consumers; in this article, it says the tolls will rise to $25 by 2050," he said. "It's the corporate takeover of America. We've outsourced the military with Blackwater and Haliburton, and now the contract specialists who wrote those contracts are outsourcing their work to different countries."

And Kevin Bargnes offers "Running for his 5th time, Nader hopes for ‘3-way’ election" (The Badger Herald):

"By getting to the debates you can get to tens of millions of people," he said. "In no other way can you do that -- the way our system is now rigged with a two-party elected dictatorship and ballot access obstructions."
Nader was highly critical of both political parties, characterizing them as agents of corporate America. He called for the impeachment of "King George IV" and said the Democrats were also complacent in national policies.
"I've never seen a bigger gap between knowledge and action," Nader said. "It's an even bigger gap than the inequalities of wealth and income, which have gotten pretty big."
In his fifth run for president, Nader maintains many of the same platforms he had when he ran as a member of the Green Party. These include a Canadian-style public health insurance system, a minimum wage of at least $10, a carbon tax to help slow global warming and more direct democracy.
Nader and his running mate Matt Gonzalez support the establishment of a date for troop withdrawal from Iraq and an end to the imprisonment of nonviolent drug offenders.

Today the Nader - Gonzalez ticket makes campaign stops in Ohio. Eddie notes this from Team Nader:

Nader/Gonzalez on 3-stop Tour in Ohio

Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM


News Advisory
Contact: Marc Abizeid, 831-818-7736, (national); Justin Jeffre, 917-881-9882, (local).


Columbus Information:

On Monday, September 8 at 12:30 p.m., Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader and running mate Matt Gonzalez will hold a press conference followed by a 1 p.m. campaign rally at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209. For more information call Dan Whorton at 614-573-6986.

Wilmington Information:

On Monday, September 8 at 4:30 p.m., Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader and running mate Matt Gonzalez will speak at a rally sponsored by the "Save Ohio Jobs" coalition which is demonstrating against the proposed closure of a DHL freight hub in Wilmington. Shutting down the hub, which is Wilmington's largest employer, would cost between 8,000 and 10,000 workers their jobs. The rally will be held at the Kelly Center of Wilmington College, 113 College St. Wilmington, OH 45177. For more information call Tony Olsen of the Save Ohio Jobs coalition at 913-707-2471.

Cincinnati Information:

On Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m., Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader and running mate Matt Gonzalez will hold a press conference followed by a 7:30 p.m. campaign rally at the Cincinnati Memorial Hall, 1229 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45210. For more information call Justin Jeffre at 917-881-9882.

Topics at the Rallies:

At their campaign rallies in Columbus and Cincinnati, Nader/Gonzalez will address critical issues the major party candidates have taken "off the table" that the Nader/Gonzalez campaign has put on the table, including:

- a comprehensive, negotiated military and corporate withdrawal date from Iraq;
- a single-payer, Canadian-style, private delivery, free-choice public health insurance system for all;
- a living wage and repeal of the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act;
- a no-nuke, solar-based energy policy supported by renewable, sustainable, energy-efficient sources;
- a carbon tax to deter global warming;
- an end to the corporate welfare and corporate crime that has resulted in millions losing pensions, savings and jobs and squandered tax dollars; and,
- more direct democracy reflecting the preamble to our constitution which starts with "we the people," and not "we the corporations."

About Ralph Nader
Attorney, author, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century." For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was instrumental in enacting the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from Harvard Law School.

About Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2000 representing San Francisco's fifth council district. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Board of Supervisors President. A former public defender, Gonzalez is managing partner of Gonzalez & Leigh, a 7-attorney practice in San Francisco that represents individuals and organizations in mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before state and federal regulatory bodies. Gonzalez graduated from Columbia University and received a JD from Stanford Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign
According to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted from July 27-29, Ralph Nader is at 6 percent nationally (equivalent to about 10 million eligible voters), higher than his highest major poll numbers during the same time period in 2000 and approaching the 10 percent threshold required for eligibility to participate in "America's Presidential Debate in New Orleans," a Google-sponsored event scheduled for September 18. In the key swing state of Michigan -- whose Democratic voters were partially disenfranchised by the Democratic National Committee -- an EPIC-MRA poll found Nader at 8-10 percent.

For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit:



Cynthia McKinney is the Green Party presidential nominee, Rosa Clemente is her running mate. Team McKinney notes:

Update on Ballot Access for McKinney/Clemente
Friday, 05 September 2008 04:31

Update on Ballot Access for McKinney/Clemente - Four New States
Craig Seemans

Rosa Clemente wrote:




WISCONSOIN, AMAZING!!! in the last few days!

Craig wrote:

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News is keeping score at this site. For a full list of the 30 states where you can vote for us directly, see this chart. He updated his list today (and does so frequently):

Also see:

It's seems the states that still show as available but not official or filed yet are:

Alabama (doesn't look likely to me)
North Carolina (in court)
North Dakota (doesn't look likely to me)
Rhode Island (Greg Gerritt posted it's official today)
Tennessee (listed as "finished")
Vermont (listed as 0 with only 1000 needed so I can't figure out what's going on there)
Virginia ("finished")

So add Rhode Island to the list which makes 30 so far.

Ballot Access News is a GREAT resource for keeping track of all ballot access law suits and legislation around the country.

If you have any trouble registering to vote Green or voting on election day, please contact the campaign at

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