August 29, 2008 Pat
Buchanan's Pick for The Greatest Convention Speech
Staunch conservative Pat Buchanan had nothing but love for Barack
Obama's acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic national convention
given before 85,000 people in Denver's Mile High Stadium. "It was
a genuinely outstanding speech, Buchanan said. "It was magnificent.
It is the finest — and
I saw Cuomo's speech. I saw Kennedy in 80. I even saw Douglas MacArthur.
I saw Martin Luther King. This is the
and probably the most important...."
August 28, 2008 I'm John McCain and I Approve of Lying
The McCain ad script reads: "Obama says Iran is a 'tiny' country,
'doesn't pose a serious threat.” That's a lie. What Obama really
said was "strong
countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what
Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That's what Reagan did with Gorbachev.
That's what Nixon did with Mao. I mean, think about it. Iran, Cuba,
-- these countries are tiny, compared to the Soviet Union. They don't
pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat
to us. And yet, we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time
they were saying, 'We're going to wipe you off the planet.' And ultimately,
that direct engagement led to a series of measures that helped prevent
nuclear war, and over time, allowed the kind of opening
that brought down the Berlin Wall," Obama continued. "Now,
that has to be the kind of approach that we take. You know, Iran, they
one-one hundredth of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried
to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance. And we
should use that position of strength that we have, to be bold enough
to go ahead
and listen. That doesn't mean we agree with them on everything. We might
not compromise on any issues, but at least we should find out other
areas of potential common interest, and we can reduce some of the tensions
has caused us so many problems around the world."
August 27, 2008 Police Sieze Journalist's
Equipment at RNC Site
A trio of journalists who have a track record of documenting police
abuse at political conventions were stopped and searched during the
hours in Minneapolis. Police took their video equipment, cell phones,
hard drive and notes about protests planned for next week's Republican
August 26, 2008 The
Truth About T. Boone Pickens’ Plan
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens wants more than
windmills to help America. He wants to line his pockets, while he picks
the pockets of others. As the largest water rights holder in the U.S.,
Pickens had state eminent domain laws in
use eminent domain powers for his windmill right of ways. Yee, ha. The
nation may not be able to take one more greedy Texan.
August 22, 2008 The Lobbyists' Party: A 2008 DNC Preview
By all accounts, the 2008 Democratic Convention will be a celebration
for the ages, but the enormous scale of the parties in Denver will not
merely be a reflection of Barack Obama's historic candidacy. In the
face of increasingly stringent lobbying regulations, lobbyist-sponsored
parties have become the primary sites for corporate influence-peddling
within the Democratic Party. On the eve of the Convention, Nation political
correspondent Ari Berman previews the behind-the-scenes wrangling that
will occur at these closed-door affairs and highlights the conundrum
they may pose for Barack Obama.
August 18, 2008 Washington Sanctioned Assault on South Ossetia
Georgia wouldn't have attacked South Ossetia without the green light
from the U.S, believes Paul Craig Roberts, a former assistant secretary
the treasury in Ronald Reagan's administration.
15, 2008 Wal-Mart: Political Bully
For years, Wal-Mart has been plagued by bad press. Now it has to fend
off a Wall Street Journal report that it's been politically bullying
its employees. ANP headed over to a Wal-Mart in Virginia to ask shoppers
August 14, 2008 Approval Ratings: The Public v. McCain
When the American public disapproves of Bush's Presidency more and more
each day, why does McCain continue to increase his support of such increasingly
unpopular policies and positions?
August 13, 2008 The Geopolitics of Georgia
US attempts to get Georgia into NATO, coupled with its desire to erect
an anti-missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech republic would
give it first strike capability towards Russia. Moscow sees this as a
national security threat against the sovereignty of Russia. Political
economist F. William Engdahl believes this is the geopolitical endgame
being played out in Georgia.
August 12, 2008 A Chat with Don Siegelman
Free on bail while his appeal is pending, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman
was in Austin last month for Netroots Nation. We got a chance to ask him
about the various investigations into allegations that his prosecution
for public corruption was politically motivated -- and Karl Rove's alleged
August 11, 2008 Israel, Iran, and the New Neocons
Washington's neocons are alive and well, advising both John McCain and
President Bush. Now many are saying Bush should permit Israel to attack
Iran's nuclear sites after Election Day. ANP chases down John Bolton,
August 8, 2008 John McCain:
Dazed and Confused
To us, the presidential race reached a turning point last week when
John McCain opted for a campaign of denigration employing racial stereotypes,
sexualized talking points for surrogates (Obama as "Internet date")
and copious ridicule. It's made the curve that much of the media still
uses to grade McCain's more obvious shortcomings all the more conspicuous
August 7, 2008 Dahlia
Lithwick: Post-Bush Accountability
At Netroots Nation down in Austin two weeks ago, TPMtv caught up with
Slate's Dahlia Lithwick and picked her brain about just what post-Bush
accountability means. Is it really all or nothing? Sweep it under the
rug versus Nuremberg trials, or are there a lot more grey areas in just
how we pick up the pieces. That, and what might be in store for the Supreme
Court under a President McCain.
Department of Energy estimates that 1.2 billion gallons of fuel were wasted in
2005 as a result of driving on under-inflated
• Fuel efficiency is reduced by 1% for every 3 PSI that tires are under-inflated.
• Proper tire inflation can save the equivalent of about 1 tank of gas
• Proper tire inflation also reduces CO2 emissions.
• Experts estimate that 25% of automobiles are running on tires with lower
than recommended pressure, because people don’t know how to check
their tires or don’t realize that tires naturally lose air over time.
August 5, 2008 Taking the (Race) Bait
Cute fun or a rehash of the notorious 2006 Harold Ford attack ad in
Tennessee? The Sunday crowd debates the racial undertones, or lack
thereof, in John
McCain's current campaign tactics.
August 4, 2008 Guarding Iraq's Offshore Oil Rigs
Almost all of the wealth generated in Iraq comes from two off-shore
oil rigs. Guarding these sites is a priority, not just for war-torn
but for a world in which oil prices have touched record highs.